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5-Year-Old Smithfield Boy Dies In Accidental Shooting

A 5-year-old Smithfield boy has died from an apparent accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Smithfield Police Department reported the Sunday morning incident but has not released the name of the victim.


Smithfield Police Chief Travis Allen explained the situation in a press release, saying that the boy’s family had returned home from a camping trip the night before and unloaded their camping gear without unpacking it all. The boy got up before anyone else and was apparently playing in the area of the unpacked gear, which contained a gun. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.