On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6: 48 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff's 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call from a residence in the 500 block of East Red Rock Trail in San Tan Valley reporting a medical emergency. The caller reported his 11-year-old son had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Deputies and medical personnel rushed to the home and arrived within minutes. As they entered the home, they located the child and his father in the master bedroom. The child had a single gunshot wound to the head but was still breathing and had a pulse. Medical personnel immediately began providing lifesaving medical care to the child. An air ambulance landed at the Johnson Ranch Golf Course and the child was transported to the Maricopa County Medical Center.
Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives arrived at the residence and took over the investigation. The child was identified as Samuel Epps (age 11). Samuel was at the home with his father and three other siblings. His mother was not home at the time of the shooting.
Initial information indicates that Samuel had been asked to complete some chores and he became upset. Samuel went into the homes master bedroom and a short time later a single gunshot was heard by other family members. The father ran to the bedroom and found the door locked. He made forced entry and found his son on the floor next to the bed with a single gunshot wound. He immediately called 9-1-1 for help.
Samuel was pronounced deceased at approximately 9 p.m. His body had been taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death. PCSO detectives will continue to conduct this death investigation.
Paul Babeu, Sheriff