Marysville cop fired in wake of daughter's deadly shootingon May 6, 2013 @ 11:49 am (Updated: 12:54 pm - 5/6/13 )
Officer Derek Carlile, 31, was charged with second-degree manslaughter for the March 10, 2012 shooting death of his 7-year-old daughter Jenna.
Carlile left his off-duty weapon in a cup holder with his four young children in the car while he and his wife stopped at a friend's antique shop in Stanwood.
Moments later, their 3-year-old son, Steele, climbed out of his booster seat, grabbed the gun and fatally shot his sister.
A Snohomish County judge declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict. Prosecutors decided not to retry the case.
The City of Marysville released a brief statement Monday announcing the firing:
"As a result of the findings of a Police Department internal affairs investigation, Derek Carlile's employment with the City of Marysville has been terminated, effective immediately.
Because the nature of this release regards a personnel matter, no further comment by the City of Marysville will be made."
A grieving Carlile and his wife both wept openly throughout the trial, and his attorney David Allen called it a "momentary lapse" in judgment, not criminal negligence. He said Carlile was obsessed with gun safety and carried his own weapon during off-duty hours to protect the public.
Allen said Carlile accepts responsibility for what he termed a "terrible accident," not a crime.
Carlile had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.
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