Father Of Central Texas Girl Hurt In Accidental Shooting Arrested

KILLEEN (June 14, 2013)—Stephan Lemar Hicks, 24, was being held Friday morning in the Killeen City Jail after he turned himself in Thursday when he learned a warrant for his arrest had been issued in connection with the accidental shooting of his 2-year-old daughter on May 31.

Hicks, a military policeman at Fort Hood, faces a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child, which is a misdemeanor.

Killeen police said at the time the child sustained serious injury from a gunshot wound after a loaded .40-caliber pistol was left within reach.

Smith said investigators are unsure whether the girl shot herself or was shot by her 3-year-old brother.

She remains at Scott & White’s McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple but is expected to recover, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

Officers determined during investigation that Hicks would routinely leave his sidearm in a secure place at the family’s home on North 24th Street.

He told police on the day of the accident he failed to secure the weapon.

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