Police: Boy who accidentally shot, killed friend ‘broke down sobbing uncontrollably’

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Ciqala Miller, 14, was shot and killed Tuesday night on the Skokomish Reservation in Mason County. (Photo: Family)

SHELTON, Wash. — A Mason County judge on Wednesday found probable cause for a first-degree manslaughter charge against a 13-year-old boy in the accidental shooting death of his 14-year-old friend on the Skokomish Reservation Tuesday night.

Police said the boy told them he thought the rifle was unloaded when he pulled the trigger.

The county prosecutor said the boy, who was on suicide watch in the Mason County Juvenile Detention Center overnight, was placed on house arrest and will appear for arraignment next Tuesday.

According to the sheriff’s office, the  13-year-old and his 14-year-old friend, Ciqala Miller, had been playing together at a home in the 100 block of N. Twana Court when the two decided to start handling rifles they found inside the residence.

The 13-year-old said he and Miller was both armed with rifles and he didn’t believe either of them to be loaded.

He “admitted pointing the rifle at Miller and pulling the trigger, again believing that the rifle was unloaded and that the safety was on, and fired a single shot which appeared to have struck Miller in the chest,” the sheriff’s office said in court documents.

The boy ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

Upon learning that Miller was dead, the sheriff’s office said, the 13-year-old “broke down sobbing uncontrollably and had to be consoled by his parents.”

No other members of the family were home at the time of the shooting.

A family member issued the following statement: “Deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ciqala Miller on 6/24/14. Ciqala was only 14 years old when he was called home by his creator. Ciqala loved to hunt, fish, play sports, ride his bicycle and spend time with his family and friends. He was loved by everyone. We are asking to please donate to help with funeral expenses. Any little bit helps, please keep his family in your prayers through this hardship they are facing. God bless.”



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  • Guest

    I can't believe they are going to charge that poor boy. It was an accident and he will be punished for a very long time. Our ridiculous justice system can't fix this. It's an unfortunate accident.

  • Rebekah

    I knew Caqala and I’m deeply saddened by this. He will be missed. He was such a likable person. I can’t believe he’s gone. Its like a bad dream. We miss you Ciqala.

  • tired worker

    It saddens my heart to hear this about a child. Prayer for the family and friends of Caqala. I don't think the young man should be charged with 1st degree manslaughter. I feel sorry for the young man and this is going to haunt him the rest of his life. I had a friend who's cousin was accidently shot by his friend, with what he thought was a unloaded gun. He went nuts with the horror of what happened and never recovered.

  • Bill

    If the parents would have taught the kid about guns then maybe this wouldn't have happened. Never point a gun at anything unless you intend to kill it (loaded or not). Every gun should be treated as if it is loaded. Sad story and my condolences to the parents of the lost young man.

  • Toomuchcrazy

    I feel some kind of way about this…my condolences to the family of the boy that was killed, but both boys should have known better than to play with guns! Kids always think it won't happen to them. It's our responsibility to teach them about danger that will certainly find them at some point in their lives. I tell my 12 y/o son all the time, that NOTHING is certain..always make smart choices! Things can and do happen to children all the time…very sad indeed.

  • Jim C

    What kind of hicks just have weapons laying around without at least trigger locks being on them? 13 and 14? They are old enough to know better. Parents need to be more responsible and also teach their kids proper gun safety, it isn't that hard to do and sadly a young man lost his life over it.

    • Chanowha

      Really Jim? You are all kinds of messed up! This is my little brother who died! You realize family and friends read these comments! Treat my family how you would want someone to treat you in this situation! Yes my family likes to hunt but you know what?! We are not rednecks! If you don’t have nothing nice to say, then DO NOT say ANYTHING AT ALL!

  • Ted

    First degree manslaughter? Really? Mason county,.. land of drunken red necks. Why don’t we just hang em’? … morons…..

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