Fayette County

Child accidentally shoots himself with handgun, Lexington police say

A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head at a home on Folkstone Drive, near Alumni Drive and New Circle Road, died Tuesday afternoon.

TaShawn Watson was pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky Hospital at 4:49 p.m., according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Police were called at 4:15 p.m. to 592 Folkstone Drive about an accidental shooting. When officers arrived, they found the boy in the basement with a single gunshot wound, said Lt. Scott Blakely of the Lexington police.

Blakely said the child's mother had been upstairs, and two children were playing in the basement when they apparently found the father's handgun.

"The gun went off while they were playing with it," Blakely said. "It appears to be a very tragic accident."