Cop whose 3-year-old son shot sister charged with manslaughter

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A police officer in Marysville, WA, whose 3-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his 7-year-old sister in March has been charged with manslaughter.

Officer Carlile, his wife and their four children, ages 1-7, were on a car ride when they stopped to visit a friend. Carlile and his wife got out of the van, leaving his .38 caliber Smith and Wesson unsecured in the van’s open bin. Carlile’s wife noticed the gun and, according to prosecutors, “pointedly brought the defendant’s attention to the gun by asking him what he was doing when he put the gun in the open container … and believed that he had moved the gun to a safer location.”

In the charging documents from Snohomish County prosecutors, they state that Carlile told investigators that his young son was “very fascinated with guns”, yet “failed to heed or be aware of a substantial risk that death would occur when he placed and left his loaded, unsecured revolver in an enclosed van with four children inside.”

Carlile will be arraigned on June 5th.

Source: Seattle Times

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