Fired police officer could return to work

Fired police officer could return to work

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Marysville police officer Derek Carlile pleaded not guilty in court in the shooting death of his daughter.

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM

MARYSVILLE- A former police officer involved in a high profile manslaughter case could get his job back. An arbitrator ruled Derek Carlile should not have been fired from the Marysville Police Department in May 2013, according to Carlile’s criminal attorney. The ruling clears the way for the former officer to return to the police department.

In 2012, Carlile was charged in the accidental shooting death of his 7-year old daughter. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office said Carlile was in a rush to get to a wedding when he and his family stopped at a shop.

Carlile left a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a cup holder between the front seats of the family van. His 3-year-old son grabbed the gun and shot 7-year-old Jenna Carlile in the stomach. She died at the hospital.

His trial ended in a mistrial and the charge was later dismissed. Carlile was fired following an internal affairs investigation.

The city now plans on offering Carlile his job back, but it is unclear if he will return.

“We do plan to abide by the arbitrator’s ruling and offer him a position as a police officer back at the department,” said Doug Buell, Marysville official.

Buell said the city does not plan on appealing the ruling.

Carlile’s attorney said his client is “pleased by the outcome.” The attorney added  Carlile is not currently working in law enforcement and will consider his options.

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