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March 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

4 children in car when girl fatally shot by sibling

There were four children under the age of 8 inside the vehicle where the daughter of a Marysville police officer was fatally shot by a sibling earlier this month, according to information released today by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Jenna Carlile, 7, of Camano Island, was inside the vehicle with her three younger siblings on March 10 when one of the children apparently got ahold of their father’s handgun and shot Jenna, authorities said. Jenna was hospitalized after the shooting; she later died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

Though early reports indicated that Jenna’s younger brother had been handling the gun when it went off, sheriff’s investigators will not say which child is responsible for the death that’s been ruled a homicide. Officer Derek Carlile and his wife were outside of the vehicle, which was parked in Stanwood, when the shooting occurred.

Investigators say that the handgun used in the shooting was a personal firearm owned by  Carlile, not his department-assigned gun.

“Once detectives have finished their investigative efforts, the case packet will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for review to determine if any criminal charges are warranted,” sheriff’s Bureau Chief Kevin Prentiss wrote in a news release.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has declined to comment on the case.

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