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4-year-old boy dies of gunshot wound to head

Police looked for 25-year-old Trevor Braymiller in connection with the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy July 21 in Sedro-Woolley. Authorities said the boy got his hand on Braymiller’s gun and shot himself. Braymiller, a felon, was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother.

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SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash, —Trevor Braymiller, 25, appeared in a Skagit County courtroom Friday and is now facing several charges related to the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy.

Braymiller faces first and second-degree manslaughter charges, unlawful possession of a fire arm and possession of a stolen firearm stemming from the death of the boy on Sunday, July 21.

Four-year old Dwayne Kerrigan was found inside his Sedro Woolley home with a gun shot wound to his head. The gun used is owned by Braymiller, who was dating the boys mother.

Braymiller fled the area on foot and later turned himself in the next day.  Police began the investigation as a homicide, but an autopsy report concluded the gunshot was a self inflicted wound.

BikeA candlelight vigil for Dwayne Kerrigan is being held in Sedro Woolley Friday at 8 p.m. The boy’s mother and grandmother will be attending.  It will be held at Talcott Street and 26th Street.

Braymiller’s next court appearance is set for 4 p.m. on Aug 24th.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — “I’m happy to announce that Mr. Braymiller has been taken into custody,” Sedro Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said.

braymiller1It was with a great deal of relief that Wood made the announcement Monday that 25-year-old felon Trevor Braymiller was in custody.

He was arrested in the Big Lake area near Mount Vernon.

“He arranged to surrender himself to law enforcement and detectives have gone to pick him up. So everything was safe, everybody is safe,” Wood said.

Braymiller had been on the run since around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Several 911 calls came in alerting police to a gunshot in the family’s home on Township Street.

Four-year-old Dwayne Kerrigan was hit with a single round to the head and died.

Police say the initial indication was the boy found Braymiller’s gun and shot himself.

Then midday Sunday, police called it a homicide, and Monday that changed again.

“The initial medical reports had that it was not a self-inflicted gunshot.  The autopsy has been completed. Although everything is not back, he indicated that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound that killed the young boy,” Wood said.

Braymiller’s close friend Julia Schwartz says she never believed Braymiller could do such a thing.

“Obviously it’s a really sad situation, but I’ve just had the feeling this whole time that it wasn’t something intentional and that’s the way it’s turning out,” Schwartz said.

A manhunt was launched and lasted more than four hours Sunday night after Dick Rude and his family spotted a man who fit Braymiller`s description sitting on the Francis Road Bridge over Nookachamps Creek in Mount Vernon, about five miles outside Sedro-Woolley.

“He was sitting on the side of the railing with his hat down like that looking down at the ground, with like a hat covering his face,” neighbor Jason Rude said.

“The grandkids’ mother asked me if I’d seen him, I said yeah… so she came back and said, ‘What do you think?’ I said, call the sheriff,” neighbor Dick Rude said.

Police and deputies came out with about 10 units and conducted a wide search, using dogs and thermal-imaging, but found nothing.

Now in custody, Braymiller may no longer be facing a homicide charge, but because he was a felon in possession of a firearm, he will likely face some serious criminal charge because of the death of the child.

“It’s never smart if you’re on probation or a felon period to have a gun but you know it is what it is you can’t change the fact that he had it or what happened,” Schwartz said.

Family and friends are planning a candlelight memorial for Dwayne Kerrigan.

It`s being held in front of the family`s home in 1000 block of Township Street in Sedro-Woolley.

It starts at 8 p.m. Friday and the public is invited.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy is in custody.

braymiller1Now police are saying Trevor Braymiller didn’t pull the trigger — instead, the child’s injuries were self-inflicted, allegedly using a weapon that belonged to Braymiller.

Cops said Braymiller surrendered just before 3 p.m. Monday in the Big Lake community after a nearly 36-hour search for the felon who fled the crime scene early Sunday morning.

“Mr. Braymiller has been taken into custody,” Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said.

At first cops thought Braymiller pulled the trigger – but on Monday, police reeled back and said the boy’s death was an accident.

“The initial medical reports that we have was that it was not a self-inflicted gunshot. The autopsy has been completed, although everything isn’t back, it’s indicated that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound that killed the boy,” said Wood.

The case is still an active investigation. Braymiller could still be facing charges connected to possessing a firearm and possibly running from police.

Sedro Woolley HomicideSEDRO-WOOLLEY — A man sought in connection with the death of a 4-year-old surrendered Monday, while authorities said the boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound — not the result of a murder, as earlier believed.

Trever Braymiller, 25, called the Sedro-Woolley Police Department and told police he was in Big Lake and ready to surrender, authorities said. Police arrested him there without incident.

Braymiller was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother. Police contend it was Braymiller’s gun that the boy got his hands on.

The medical examiner earlier ruled the shooting a homicide, but authorities said Monday afternoon that it was later determined that the boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Braymiller, a felon, had fled a home in Sedro-Woolley, where the shooting took place Sunday. Police responded to the home after receiving multiple 911 calls about gunshots being fired. When they arrived, they found the boy had been shot in the head. He was later pronounced dead at the Skagit Valley Hospital.

Authorities had been searching for Braymiller since Sunday morning and recovered what is believed to be the gun used in the shooting Sunday afternoon.

Sedro Woolley HomicideSEDRO WOOLLEY — A manhunt is underway for a 25-year-old convicted felon who is suspected of shooting and killing a four-year-old boy. It was first thought that the shooting was an accident and that the boy shot himself, but investigators later determined it was homicide.

“Initially,we believed that he picked up a gun and had another tragic accident (on our hands), but it was in fact a homicide,” Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said. “Police and other emergency people arrived and found a four-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Skagit Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Trevor Braymiller and police said he is the boy’s mother’s boyfriend. Police said Braymiller is a convicted felon who should not be in possession of a gun. The identity of the boy and the mother has not yet been released.

Multiple 911 calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. Sunday. The calls were made from a house on Township Street from neighbors who heard gunshots. One of those calling police was Danny Brown, who was in the house when the shots was fired.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I felt as though I was in one of those TV shows,” Brown said.

Dryer is a friend of Braymiller’s and said he was with him around the time of the shooting. He also said Braymiller called him asking for a ride and he picked Braymiller up before he knew what had happened.

“He said he went outside into the garage to smoke a cigarette and he heard a boom and went back in the house and his son wasn’t moving,” Dreyer said. Dreyer said he alerted police and is cooperating with them.

Late Sunday afternoon, police got a tip and found the gun believed to have been used in the shooting behind a trash can at a church half a block away. There was no sign of Braymiller and police from throughout the area are looking for him.

“He’s considered armed and dangerous. We believe he is on foot, so we’re asking everybody to keep their eyes open and call 911 if you see something suspicious,” Wood said.

Family, friends and police said Braymiller has a history of abusing and selling drugs. He described as white, about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 165 pounds and has brown hair with “scruffy” facial hair. He was last seen wearing a bright red or orange shirt.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

Sedro Woolley HomicideSEDRO-WOOLLEY – A 4-yr-old boy was fatally shot at his home in the 1000 block of Township Street in Sedro-Woolley just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The boy was transported to Skagit Valley hospital in Mount Vernon where he was pronounced dead.

Police initially thought the boy had gotten hold of an unsecured gun and accidentally shot himself. The Skagit County medical examiner later determined that the shooting was not accidental.

Sedro-Woolley police are treating the shooting as a homicide and are looking for a 25-year-old man said Police Chief  Doug Wood said. The suspect is reportedly the boyfriend of the boy’s mother and Wood said that after the after the shooting the boyfriend fled the home and took the gun with him.

The boy’s name has not been released.