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Originally published July 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM | Page modified July 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

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Felon who fled scene of child’s death may face manslaughter charge

A felon who fled from police after his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son accidentally shot and killed himself could face a manslaughter charge, officials say.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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The felon who sparked an overnight manhunt after police say his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son accidentally shot and killed himself could face a manslaughter charge, police said Tuesday.

Trevor Braymiller is being held in the Skagit County Jail on a 72-hour investigative hold, giving prosecutors until Thursday afternoon to determine what charges, if any, he will face.

According to Trish Johnson, a senior deputy prosecutor with the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Braymiller is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail for investigation of manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

As a felon who had recently served time on a drug conviction, Braymiller is ineligible to possess a firearm, police said.

Sedro-Woolley police Lt. Lin Tucker told the Skagit Valley Herald that Braymiller acted negligently, allowing them to pursue a second-degree-manslaughter charge.

“That’s the direction we’re looking at now,” Tucker told the newspaper. “That can change, though.”

Second-degree manslaughter is a class B felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Police said the 25-year-old fled the home in the 1000 block of Township Street shortly after Dwayne Kerrigan accidentally shot himself Sunday morning.

Police initially thought the fatal shooting was an accident but then began to investigate it as a homicide, and a manhunt was launched for Braymiller, according to Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood.

At the time, Wood characterized Braymiller as dangerous and “probably desperate.”

An autopsy Monday concluded that the boy accidentally shot himself.

Police said Braymiller was arrested near Big Lake on Monday afternoon after a friend called on his behalf and said Braymiller wanted to turn himself in but was scared.

Braymiller is not the child’s biological father but was a father figure to the boy, according to police.

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report. Christine Clarridge can be reached at cclarridge@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8983.

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