KING 5 News
May 22, 2012

A Marysville, Wash., police officer is charged with second-degree manslaughter after his daughter was shot and killed by a sibling using the officer’s personal gun. Prosecutors also say the parents knew the boy who fired the shot was fascinated with guns.


Jenna Carlile, 7, was killed when her 3-year-old brother allegedly picked up the gun and fired it in the family van in Stanwood on March 10. Police said the couple’s children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, were alone in the locked van while the couple was meeting with someone at a store.

According to charging documents, Carlile had his personal .38 revolver in the van. It was in a holster that holds a strap over the gun. Normally the holster is affixed to the ankle with a Velcro strap, but Carlisle allegedly told police he didn’t have it on his ankle because he was in a hurry. Police say the gun was fully loaded and the safety was not on, although it had an internal safety feature.

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