An autopsy conducted Monday on the body of a 4-year-old Sedro-Woolley boy revealed that the child accidentally shot himself early Sunday, and his death was not a homicide as police had earlier believed, according to Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood.
The announcement was made at a 3 p.m. news conference. About an hour earlier, Trevor Braymiller, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, surrendered peacefully to police after a manhunt that began Sunday, Wood said. He is now being questioned by detectives and “is looking at potentially serious criminal charges,” Wood said of the 25-year-old felon who is barred from owning or possessing firearms.
“We have the same tragedy,” but the fact the boy died accidentally “does change things a bit,” Wood said.
The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has identified the boy as Dwayne Kerrigan.
Braymiller fled the residence in the 1000 block of Township Street immediately after the shooting Sunday morning and spent the night in hiding.
The shooting was initially reported as an accident, with police saying the boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. After a cursory examination of the boy’s body on Sunday by the Skagit County coroner’s office, Wood reported that the boy’s death was being investigated as a homicide.
After a more thorough examination during Monday’s autopsy, “it was determined it was self-inflicted,” Wood said.
The shooting was reported just after 7 a.m. Sunday. A short time later, Braymiller got a ride from the residence and was dropped off in the Big Lake area of Skagit County.
By afternoon, police had recovered the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting. A search dog found the gun near a small church less than a block from the residence, after police got a tip.
Police said Braymiller was recently released after a drug conviction, and as a felon is not allowed to possess a firearm. Police said he was considered dangerous.