SEDRO-WOOLEY, Wash. (KOIN) — Police in Washington state say a convicted felon is on the run after a 4-year-old boy died Sunday of a gunshot at his home.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports that Sedro-Woolley police are treating the shooting death of 4-year-old Dwayne Kerrigan as a homicide.
Police initially believed 25-year-old Trevor Braymiller was armed and dangerous. Braymiller is a convicted felon and is not allowed to have firearms.
However, a gun was found in a canine search Sunday — behind a dumpster outside a church a half a block from where the shooting happened. Sedro-Woolley police believe it is the gun that fired the fatal shot.
“The suspect is not necessarily armed now,” Sedro-Woolley Chief Doug Wood told KOIN’s Seattle news partner, KIRO-TV, “and that makes it safer for the community and everybody else involved.”
Police responded to calls of a child shot early Sunday. Early reports said the child shot himself. Housemate Danny Brown told KIRO he woke up to the sound of a gunshot and heard the mother yell “something like ‘he shot himself.'”
That also was the story her boyfriend, Braymiller, told a friend he called to pick him up.
The boy was transported to Skagit Valley Hospital and was pronounced dead. The Skagit County Coroner has since determined the boy could not have shot himself, KIRO-TV reported.
Lt. Lin Tucker said Braymiller was a father figure to the child, although not his biological father. Those who know Braymiller said they don’t believe he could have shot the child intentionally.
Tucker said the house where the shooting occurred is well-known to authorities. In 2011, police conducted a drug raid there.