Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 17° Clear

Dad accidentally shoots 5-year-old daughter

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 10, 2020

Associated Press

Associated Press

EDMONDS, Wash. – Edmonds police are asking prosecutors to consider filing misdemeanor criminal charges against a father who accidentally shot his 5-year-old daughter while locking up a handgun.

The Seattle Times reported officers say the 36-year-old man was at home with his wife and three children on Friday and had been carrying the firearm in a holster. They say the gun discharged while the man was “manipulating” the weapon before locking it in a safe.

The round passed through a wall and struck the child in the arm, officers said. The girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Police did not release the identity of the man.Police said detectives have referred a charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm to the Edmonds city prosecutor for review. A telephone message seeking comment from the prosecutor’s office was not immediately returned on Monday.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.