Mistrial declared for WA police officer charged in daughter’s death

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Marysville, Washington, police officer charged with manslaughter after his 3-year-old son fatally shot his 7-year-old sister with an unsecured gun.

Derek Carlile is accused of leaving a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a cubbyhole in the family van, then getting out and leaving his four young children inside. Investigators say the 3-year-old grabbed the gun and fatally shot his older sister.

On Tuesday, the jury was declared hung.

Prosecutors said “no reasonable person would leave a loaded unsecured gun in a van with four children,” while defense attorneys say the shooting was a tragic mistake.

Carlile will be retried in January. (AP)

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