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Last Updated: Friday February 26 2010 13:21 GMT

Air gun death was an accident

Rhys Johnson

An investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was shot with an air gun has found it was an accident.

The inquest heard Rhys Johnson and a friend were playing with his dad's air gun without his knowledge, when it went off and Ryan got shot in the chest.

He was taken to hospital near his south Wales home but died from his injuries.

The coroner, who was in charge of the investigation, has urged parents to supervise children using air guns.

Rhys had been allowed to play with his dad's air gun since the age of eight, but up until the day of the accident his dad had always been there with him to make sure he was safe.

On the day of the accident, Rhys' dad thought the boys were inside playing on a games console.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said the case proved the danger of air weapons.

"I would urge anyone with children to try to ensure that such weapons are not used without parental supervision," he said.