11-year-old found dead in parents’ bedroom in Cedar Hill with gun nearby

Cedar Hill police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy who was found dead in his parents’ bedroom with a gun nearby.

Officers were called to the family's home in the 900 block of S. Highland Drive just before 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. They met with a man who said his grandson had been shot.

The grandfather told police he had been watching his two grandchildren while their parents were at an event. He said he was downstairs watching TV with the 8-year-old while the 11-year-old was upstairs playing video games in his room.

At one point, the grandfather said he heard a noise upstairs. He then found the 11-year-old on the floor in his parents’ room with a handgun near him.

The 11-year-old was pronounced dead. The Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Daron Sneed Jr.

Police are still investigating to figure out what happened and have not released further details.

Sneed was at Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill. A school spokesperson said their thoughts are with the family and additional counselors will be on campus Monday for students and staff.