Deputy Sgt. Josh Beam has been charged with failure to store a firearm to prevent access by a minor, according to Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen.
Beam's 5-year-old son, Aiden, shot himself in the ear two weeks ago after finding Beam's service weapon.
The State Bureau of Investigation charged Beam with “failure to store a firearm to prevent access by a minor,” a class one misdemeanor. On Friday, SBI agent B.D. Blackman served Beam with a criminal summons at the direction of District Attorney Reece Saunders. No bond is required.
Beam was placed on administrative leave following the shooting, and will remain on leave until the matter is disposed in court, Sheriff Allen said.
The shooting occurred on May 17. Josh Beam was the only other person in the house at the time of the shooting, and was in a different room when Aiden found the weapon and discharged it once, shooting himself in the ear. He was treated and released the same day and returned to school that Monday morning. Doctors believe his ear will heal back completely, according to Allen.
Before this incident, Allen said Beam had an unblemished 10-year service record.