Father of 3-year-old who shot self arrested for negligently stored gun

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Photo Courtesy: Custer County Jail

The father of the three-year-old St. Cloud, Minnesota boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun at his family’s home was arrested Wednesday for negligent storage of a firearm and being a prohibited felon in possession of a firearm. 

William Deandre Dickerson, 28, was arrested at in Miles City, Montana during a traffic stop. 

Around 11:17 a.m. Monday, police responded to the 1500 block of 15th Avenue SE in St. Cloud on a report of a child bleeding. While officers headed to the scene, they learned a woman had brought her three-year-old child to the hospital. 

The child remains in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. 

The initial investigation determined the shooting was accidental, based upon negligent storage of a firearm. It is believed the child accidentally pulled the trigger on a loaded firearm that was within his reach.

Dickerson will be held in custody in Montana pending extradition.