North Carolina police officer accused of shooting his 15-year-old son in the head

A North Carolina police officer shot his 15-year-old son in the head Monday afternoon in an incident that appears to be an accident, officials said.

The father, who has not been identified, is an officer with the Jacksonville Police Department, near the North Carolina coast. The unidentified teen suffered a life-threatening injury and was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Pitt County, according to District Attorney Ernie Lee. He remained in critical condition Wednesday, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

It was not clear Wednesday if the weapon was the officer’s department-issued handgun.

“This is a tragic event and this matter remains under investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office,” Lee said Tuesday in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “The reports, statements, and other evidence from the investigation will be provided to this office to determine what actions, if any, will be taken.”

The officer is on administrative leave, according to the Jacksonville Police Department.

“We ask for prayers for the family during this time,” the department said in a statement.