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Prosecutor, detectives to meet on shooting death of Tacoma toddler

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 15, 2012 at 10:41 am with No Comments »
March 15, 2012 10:41 am

Pierce County prosecutors will meet Friday with Tacoma police detectives to discuss the death of a 3-year-old boy who found a loaded handgun inside a vehicle early Wednesday and accidentally shot himself in the head.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the meeting may not result in an immediate charging decision, however.

“We won’t be making any charging decisions until we have all the necessary facts,” Lindquist said today. “We take an aggressive approach to charging but these cases are fact specific and we need more information.”

Meanwhile, Tacoma detectives continue to investigate the death of Julio Segura-McIntosh.

The toddler, his younger sister, their mother and her boyfriend had stopped at a South Tacoma gas station just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to get gas.

Police have said the boyfriend put his loaded handgun under the driver’s seat and got out to pump gas. The mother, meanwhile, went inside the convenience store to buy snacks.

Police say Julio got out of his car seat, climbed into the front and found the gun. The gun went off, striking the boy in the head. He died a short time later at a Tacoma hospital. The young girl was not injured.

The boyfriend had a concealed weapons permit and legally owned the gun. However, under state law, gun owners who have their weapons in the car are either suppose to keep them on their person or have them unloaded and locked in a secure container, police reported.

Lindquist has said his office will review Julio’s death for possible charges, including manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The boyfriend and mother were interviewed by detectives, then released. Neither was arrested.

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