A Marysville police officer will not face a second trial for the death of his 7-year-old daughter, who was shot by the girl’s 3-year-old brother with the officer’s gun.
The first trial for Officer Derek Carlile ended in a mistrial.
Carlile was charged with second-degree manslaughter for the March 10 shooting in Stanwood.
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.
The 3-year-old grabbed the gun and shot 7-year-old Jenna Carlile in the stomach. She died at the hospital.
A mistrial was declared Nov. 13 after jurors were split in Carlile’s trial. Seven jurors wanted to acquit while four wanted to convict. One juror was undecided.
The prosecutor's office said Wednesday it will file a motion to dismiss the manslaughter charge.
The charging documents indicated Carlile knew the 3-year-old had a fascination with guns. The charges also stated that the holster the gun was in had an ankle strap, which Carlile did not use. The van also had a locking compartment where the gun could have been placed.