11-year-old Utah boy dies after he’s shot in the chest

Deputies in Summit County have identified an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a gunshot in what deputies say was a “tragic accident.”

Cash Cover, 11, of Kamas, was killed Wednesday in the accident, according to a statement by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the police statement, Cash and his older brother were outside their house, off State Road 248 in the Kamas Valley, with their mother, around 5:47 p.m. Wednesday. The boys were given permission to get a BB gun to shoot on their property. The boys went inside and found a handgun in a bedroom.

Shortly after, according to the deputies’ statement, the mother heard screaming. When she went inside, she found Cash had been shot. Deputies — one of them a paramedic — arrived soon after and attempted to save the boy’s life, but were unsuccessful.

The boy “lost his life in a tragic accident involving a gun,” the family said in a statement.

“We truly appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our community and friends," the statement said. "We would like to thank all of the amazing people that assisted him including all the Emergency Responders, Life Flight and Summit County officials that did everything they could to help him. At this time, we ask that you respect our privacy. We will announce arrangements to celebrate Cash in the upcoming days. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!”