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Calling hours today for Stark Co. Chief Deputy killed in accidental shooting

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Family and friends of Stark County Sheriff Chief Deputy John Campbell, who was fatally shot at his Lake Township home last Sunday, are gathering to remember him today.

Calling hours for Campbell will be held from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Reed Funeral Home on Pittsburgh Avenue NW in North Canton.

A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens in Minerva with Honors.

For those who wish to attend, a reception and lunch sponsored by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office will follow the burial service at St. George Catholic Cathedral on 44th Street NE in Canton.

Campbell died after a gun accidentally discharged and struck him in the neck.  Authorities were summoned to his house by a caller who told the dispatcher,  “We just had an accidental discharge at my house.”

Deputies arrived to find Campbell in a second-story master bedroom. They found an SKS Carbine rifle on a bed, with a cleaning kit next to it.

A person described as “Suspect #1” told deputies that he was clearing the weapon so he could clean it and when he pulled the bolt back the weapon discharged.

“The incident did happen inside the home. The bullet did pass through a wall, and like I said, it does appear to be accidental. But we are going to conduct a thorough investigation,” Inspector Bill Holland of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 8 News.

The Stark County report said the first medics on the scene reported Campbell was deceased at the time. The report listed the victim/suspect relationship as “parent.”

Letters and expressions of sympathy have been streaming into the Stark County Sheriff’s Office since the incident.

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