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Father not charged in son’s death

PITTSBURGH — A district attorney decided to not file criminal charges against a man in the accidental fatal shooting of his 7-year-old son outside a Western Pennsylvania gun store.

Mercer District Attorney Robert Kochems announced he would not charge Joseph Loughrey, 44, of Jefferson Township, with carrying a firearm without a license.

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Kochems said he considered the charge, a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison, because Loughrey’s gun was loaded when he put it in his truck moments before the gun fired on Dec. 8, killing his son, Craig. The boy had been buckling himself into his safety seat when the handgun, which was placed on the truck’s console, fired as Joseph Loughrey got into the front seat, police said.

Loughrey had removed the magazine from the pistol but didn’t realize there was still a round in the chamber when he tried to sell the 9mm pistol at Twig’s Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, police said. After the sale did not go through, Loughrey brought the gun back to the truck.

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