Robert Lehman, the Brownwood police officer whose son was seriously injured in a May 26 accidental shooting, has been indicted on a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child.
The August session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned the indictment Aug. 30. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, the indictment — which was filed in the Brown County Clerk’s Office — states.
Lehman, 34, turned himself in at the Brown County Jail Tuesday, where he was booked and released on $2,500 bond, according to an email from Assistant Police Chief James Fuller and Brown County Jail records.
Lehman has been placed on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of his criminal case, Fuller said via email.
Andy Lehman, who was 3 at the time of the shooting, has been recovering at Cook Children’s Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the head, Facebook posts by Lehman and Andy’s mother, Laura, have indicated.
“We are thankful for the improved health of his son and our prayers remain for his continued recovery,” Fuller said via email.”
Lehman is accused by indictment of failing to secure a firearm and leaving it on a bedside table, where Andy “gained access to and discharged the firearm, causing serious bodily injury to himself,” the indictment states.
The Brown County Sheriff’s office earlier forwarded a report to Texas Ranger Jason Shea.
According to an earlier report by Brown County Sheriff’s deputy Scotty Burke:
Burke was dispatched at 3:12 p.m. Sunday, May 26, to the family’s home near Lake Brownwood. Numerous other first responders were present when Burke arrived. Burke entered the master bedroom, where the boy was located, and deputy Byron Langley handed Burke a pistol from a nightstand next to the bed.
The pistol was made safe by ejecting a shell casing from the chamber and ejecting the magazine, and Burke took the pistol to his patrol truck. Lifeguard Ambulance took the boy to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Lehman “was very shaken and upset over the incident,” Burke’s report states. “He continued to ask how the child was. I assured him that they are working on him and doing everything possible at the time.”
Burke tried to console Lehman, who said he was at home with his three children when he told his son to go take a nap. Lehman said he heard a loud bang, went into the master bedroom and found the boy lying on the floor. Another of Lehman’s sons told Shea, who arrived at the home, that his father was watching television when he heard a loud “pop.” The boy said his father entered that boy’s room, then ran back to the master bedroom, Burke’s report states.