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Boy shot and killed in Logan County was nephew of Oklahoma trooper

A toddler who shot and killed himself has been identified. He was at the home of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Ryder Rozier died of an accidental gunshot wound Saturday in Logan County, Oklahoma.
By LEIGHANNE MANWARREN and ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: December 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012
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A 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun has been identified as the nephew of a state trooper — and the weapon belonged to the lawman — authorities said.

Ryder Rozier, 3, died of an accidental gunshot wound to the head, said Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office.

The boy was at the home of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper on Saturday when the accidental shooting took place, Logan County sheriff's Capt. Richard Stephens said.

Rozier is a nephew of the trooper, Stephens said. The boy shot himself with one of the trooper's personal guns, Stephens said. It was not a state-issued gun.

Ryder was at his uncle's home in the 1500 block of Derby Lane, about four miles southeast of Guthrie. He found a loaded handgun in a bedroom, Stephens said.

Records show the home belongs to trooper Ian Rozier, 37. Ian Rozier graduated from the 52nd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy in 2000, said trooper Betsy Randolph, a spokeswoman for the patrol.

Stephens said the sheriff's office took a call about the shooting just after noon Saturday.

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