Everett Herald: Lake Stevens Father Charged in 3-Year-Old Son’s Self-Shooting

The Everett Herald looks at the grim evidence that 2014 Lake Stevens child access shooting was predictable – and a tragedy waiting to happen:

“Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives turned up evidence that Holzwarth was warned more than once that his son was able to reach his gun on the dresser.

He allegedly told detectives that his wife encouraged him to keep the gun somewhere else or lock it up. The boy had seen him put the gun on the dresser. The boy had climbed up the dresser several times, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Matthew Baldock wrote in charging papers.

Holzwarth’s mother in-law told investigators that a couple of days before the shooting she dropped off several trigger locks and encouraged him to secure his guns. Holzwarth allegedly told the woman that he was not going to lock up his Ruger .380 because he needed it for protection, court papers said. Detectives found the locks still in packaging when they searched the scene after the shooting.

Detectives also learned that in 2013 Holzwarth and his wife separated. In court papers she wrote that she was concerned about her son’s safety because Holzwarth left his guns out.

‘Jon says it is better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six,’ the woman wrote in the protection order.”

Read the full piece here.

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