Sedro-Woolley police are investigating the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy as a homicide and are looking for a 25-year-old felon who left the scene with the handgun used in the shooting.
Initially, police believed the boy accidentally shot himself in the head, but after his body was examined by death investigators, they determined there was no way the gunshot was self-inflicted, said Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood.
Detectives are looking for Trevor Braymiller, who is the boyfriend of the child’s mother. He is considered a suspect in the boy’s death, Wood said. A convicted felon, Braymiller is not legally allowed to possess a firearm, the chief said. He is described as 5-foot-8, 165 pounds with brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red or orange T-shirt.
“He’s considered armed and dangerous,” Wood said. “People need to be alert and keep their eyes open.”
Several people called 911 at 7:05 a.m. to report the shooting in the 1000 block of Township Street, Wood said.
The boy’s mother and another child were in the residence at the time of the shooting, but there “were no actual witnesses to the shooting,” Wood said.
The boy was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, he said.
A 4-year-old Sedro-Woolley boy died this morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Sedro-Woolley police.
Detectives are looking for the mother’s boyfriend, who ran off with the handgun after the boy shot himself inside a residence in the 1000 block of Township Street, said Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood.
Several people called 911 at 7:05 a.m. to report the accidental shooting, Wood said. The boy was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Wood said.
The boy’s mother, boyfriend and another child were inside the home when the shooting occured; officers took the mother and child to hospital to be with the 4-year-old, according to Wood.