MPD: Madison man arrested for leaving firearm within reach of 4-year-old who shot himself

MADISON, Wis. — A Madison man is in custody after a 4-year-old boy shot himself in the foot Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the 5900 block of Jackson Quarry Lane around 12:30 a.m.

Police said the child was handling the gun when it discharged. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the foot.  Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says the child went to the hospital with his mother and the injury is not expected to be life-threatening.

After identifying and talking with multiple adults who were at the home when the shot was fired, authorities took Devon Johnson, 18, into custody.  Johnson is being held on tentative charges of leaving or storing a loaded firearm within reach or easy access of a child and felony bail jumping.

“What we do know is the child, who is 4 years old, was able to find this gun inside the home, relatively easily because it’s in the middle of the night and the child is playing with the gun in a fashion where it discharged and struck him in the foot,” DeSpain said.

DeSpain confirmed Johnson is not the victim’s father.  Court records show he lives on Jackson Quarry Lane.  He also has numerous charges against him in Dane County Court, including strangulation and suffocation, battery, disorderly conduct, and domestic abuse.

Investigators are still working to figure out where the handgun was prior to the child handling and discharging the weapon.

Police said there are no additional threats to the public.