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Only On 3: Father Accidentally Shot & Killed by Son Has Metro Ties

Only On 3: Father Accidentally Shot & Killed by Son Has Metro Ties

By Meghan Matthews. CREATED Jun 8, 2013

Phoenix, AZ - Crime scene tape wraps around a Phoenix area home. Inside, the scene of a freak accident.

Justin Thomas's four year old son, Kai, picks up a gun, asks his father what is it then fires off a shot, hitting his father in the chest.

"Kai found it and brought it to Justin and lifted it up and said, 'daddy what's this?' and it went off. So it happened really fast."

Over the phone Action 3 News talked with Thomas's older sister. Kim Thomas says her brother went, unannounced, to visit a friend.

The four year old found the friend's gun and accidentally fired a shot. Kim says her family can't wrap their minds around what happened.

The 35 year old war veteran later died at the hospital. Family says his four year old boy, still doesn't understand.

"He had to be told today that daddy was with Jesus and the angels and that he wouldn't be seeing daddy anymore and he didn't understand. He's just too little. He's just a happy little boy."

A metro native, Thomas graduated high school from Papillion LaVista in 1997. He joined the military and lived in Arizona for the last few years.