MARYSVILLE, Washington - A Marysville police officer has been charged in the accidental shooting death of his daughter in March, KIRO 7 news partner The Daily Herald in Everett reported.
Derek Carlile faces one count of second-degree manslaughter.
The shooting happened March 10 in the family's van, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said. The girl's brother found a loaded gun in the van and accidentally shot her.
According to a probable cause affidavit, prosecutors said Carlile was in a rush the day of the shooting and left the gun within view and reach of his 3-year-old son, whom he and his wife knew had shown a fascination with guns. Prosecutors said Carlile dind't place his gun in the car's locking compartment and didn't enable the safety on the gun, even though his wife said she thought he had secured it after she told him to.
Carlile was off duty at the time of the shooting.
Carlile's attorney told the Herald that Carlile takes full responsibility for his daughter's death, but that he doesn't believe his actions were criminal.