Police stress importance of universal firearms safety rules as a result of near tragedy
By Edmonds Police Department | Press Release
Edmonds, Wash- On Friday November 6th at about 2:26pm, officers responded to a report of an unintentional shooting inside a residence located in the 18900 block of 86th Pl. W. A 36-year old male was manipulating a handgun when it discharged. The round went through a wall and struck a 5-year old female in the arm. She was treated at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center for further evaluation. She was released a short time later after receiving further treatment.
The male was determined to be the child’s father. The child’s mother and two other children were also in the home at the time. Officers investigating the circumstances that led up to the incident found that the father had been wearing the handgun in a holster. He removed the handgun from the holster with the intent of securing it in a safe when the round was fired. Officers have referred a charge of Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm (EMC 5.24.030) to the Edmonds City Prosecutor for review.
Edmonds Police remind anyone handling a firearm to:
◦ Treat ALL firearms as if loaded at ALL times.
◦ ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until necessary to shoot.
◦ ALWAYS keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
◦ Know your target AND what is beyond.