Carlile shooting case forwarded to county prosecutor
April 19, 2012 · 3:47 PM
MARYSVILLE — Although Marysville Police Officer Derek Carlile remains on paid administrative leave, Snohomish County Sheriff's detectives have concluded their investigation into the shooting death of his 7-year-old daughter, Jenna, and forwarded it to the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday, April 18, for review.
Sheriff's detectives made no recommendations as to whether charges should be filed in the homicide investigation, and Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Paul would not say whether criminal charges would be filed in connection with the March 10 shooting, or even how long it would take to make that decision. She cited the possible need for follow-up interviews or other additional investigation as elements that could require further consideration, in order to reach what she would consider a sound decision based on a thorough evaluation.
Investigators believe that Jenna Carlile and three other, younger children were in the family van in Stanwood on March 10, while the parents were outside talking with a friend, when one of Jenna's siblings reportedly found a loaded handgun belonging to Derek Carlile and fired it, and Jenna was shot as a result. Washington state law states that "children under the age of eight years are incapable of committing crime," so the age of Jenna's sibling is significant to the case. By contrast, there is no state law which specifically addresses the criminal penalties for adults who make guns available to children by leaving them unattended.
According to Marysville Police Department officials, their internal investigation into the Carlile shooting case would not start until the Sheriff's Office had completed its own investigation.