An investigation into the fatal shooting of the daughter of a Marysville police officer — which was one of four accidental child shootings in the state in less than two months — is in the hands of Snohomish County prosecutors, who will determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
Marysville police Officer Derek Carlile was on his way to a wedding with his wife and four young children March 10 when they stopped in Stanwood to drop off something for his wife’s employer, according to a police report.
Carlile and his wife were standing outside their Volkswagen van, talking to her boss, when they heard a “pop.”
One of their daughters got out of the car and said something about their son and a gun, according to the report.
Carlile, 30, told police that he believed his son, whose name and age have not been released, found his handgun and accidentally shot his sister, 7-year-old Jenna. Carlile ran back to the van and found his oldest child slumped over with glazed eyes.
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The girl, who had been shot in the abdomen, died the next day at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
The Stanwood Police Department report, which details Carlile’s account of the shooting and what police saw when they responded to the 911 call for help, was released Thursday.
The shooting was investigated by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the results were turned over Wednesday to prosecutors who will determine whether charges are warranted.
The handgun used in the shooting was not Carlile’s service revolver, but a .22-caliber revolver he usually wore in an ankle holster.
He told a Stanwood deputy he believed it had been left in a “cubby” under the van’s dashboard.
Carlile told police his gun was out of sight because his wife’s purse was in front of it.
Deputy Brian Odenborg wrote in the police report that when he arrived, Carlile was in the van, “extremely distraught,” performing CPR on his daughter.
He reported that a gun was on the vehicle’s floor, and an infant was still strapped in a car seat.
On the sidewalk, a woman and “a small female child and a small male child” were standing. All three were crying, according to the report.
Carlile, a Camano Island resident who has been with the Marysville department since 2009, has been on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Marysville police.
Jenna was a student at Utsalady Elementary School on Camano Island.
She was the second of four children shot within seven weeks in Washington state and one of two involving the child of a law-enforcement officer.
On Feb. 22, a 9-year-old Bremerton boy brought to school a gun that accidentally discharged and critically wounded a classmate, Amina Kocer-Bowman, 9.
He pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to probation and counseling.
His mother and her boyfriend have been charged with felony assault by the Kitsap County prosecuting attorney, who said they were negligent in allowing the boy access to the gun.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has filed second-degree-manslaughter charges against two people in a case in which a 3-year-old boy, Julio Segura-McIntosh, found a gun and accidentally shot and killed himself March 14 in Tacoma.
Lindquist said Jahnisha McIntosh, 23, and her boyfriend, Eric Vita, 22, were criminally responsible for leaving McIntosh’s son in a car with a handgun within reach without adult supervision.
On April 10, the 10-year-old daughter of a decorated Spokane police officer was shot in the leg with her father’s duty weapon. Officer Barry O’Connell, an 18-year police-department veteran, is on paid leave while police investigate the shooting.
State Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, has said the shootings highlight the need for clear criminal penalties for adults who leave loaded firearms accessible to children younger than 12.
Kline said he is considering reintroducing a bill in the future to clarify that the unsafe storage of firearms around children constitutes reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
The measure didn’t pass out of committee during the last session.
The state’s current reckless-endangerment statute is unclear on the subject.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information from Seattle Times archives and The Associated Press is included in this report.