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2-year-old grabs gun, mother accidentally shot in Derry Township, Westmoreland County


A Derry Township man, who is also a former Derry Borough police officer, is facing charges after state police said his 2-year-old son got ahold of his gun, leading to the accidental shooting of the toddler’s mother earlier this month.The shooting happened on the morning of Nov. 1 at their home on James Street.State police said David Marghella, 25, was asleep on the living room sofa when the toddler took possession of the gun, which was on a nightstand. Police say the boy’s mother saw him with the gun as she walked out of the bathroom and tried to take it from him. The gun accidentally discharged, and she was shot in the thigh.”It was an unfortunate circumstance, but we were very lucky in this particular case that there was no catastrophic injury. The child obviously was not hurt,” Trooper Stephen Limani said. “But because of everything that happened when it comes to the negligent use of the firearm — not protecting it and making sure it was secured — because of that, the district attorney decided to move forward with charges against Mr. Marghella.”State police said Marghella will be charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.”You need to make sure it’s secured, especially if you have children. It has to be secured. It has to be some type of locking system,” Limani said.

A Derry Township man, who is also a former Derry Borough police officer, is facing charges after state police said his 2-year-old son got ahold of his gun, leading to the accidental shooting of the toddler’s mother earlier this month.

The shooting happened on the morning of Nov. 1 at their home on James Street.

State police said David Marghella, 25, was asleep on the living room sofa when the toddler took possession of the gun, which was on a nightstand.

Police say the boy’s mother saw him with the gun as she walked out of the bathroom and tried to take it from him. The gun accidentally discharged, and she was shot in the thigh.

“It was an unfortunate circumstance, but we were very lucky in this particular case that there was no catastrophic injury. The child obviously was not hurt,” Trooper Stephen Limani said. “But because of everything that happened when it comes to the negligent use of the firearm — not protecting it and making sure it was secured — because of that, the district attorney decided to move forward with charges against Mr. Marghella.”

State police said Marghella will be charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.

“You need to make sure it’s secured, especially if you have children. It has to be secured. It has to be some type of locking system,” Limani said.



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