Man arrested in connection to 2-year-old’s shooting death in Puyallup

A 36-year-old man faces multiple charges after a 2-year-old boy was shot dead at a home in Puyallup in December 2021.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. – A 36-year-old man did arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the shooting of a 2-year-old boy in Puyallup last year.

Filming took place on December 20, 2021 at a home on Block 11000 of 58th Street Court East. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Brian Widland left a loaded, unsecured gun in his 8-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

Widland is a convicted felon and, according to the sheriff’s department, is not allowed to own a firearm.

Court documents show the 8-year-old was playing “wolves” with her cousin when they picked up the .22-caliber rifle and shot the 2-year-old in the head. The boy was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Pierce County coroner identified the two-year-old as Hudson Carlisle of Puyallup.

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Court documents show that Carlisle’s 5-year-old brother, who was at the home at the time of the shooting, told detectives he was playing with the other children as they leaned the gun on the corner of the bedroom. The boy told investigators the shooting was an accident and the 8-year-old was unaware the gun was loaded.

The 8-year-old told investigators she saw “a lot of guns around the house” and thought the gun she picked up was a BB gun that just “stabs” at you, not knowing the gun was real .

Investigators spoke to Carlisle’s mother, who said she took her two young sons to Widland’s home to visit and left the home to get snacks. The victim’s mother told investigators she realized she had forgotten her phone after she left and returned only to find her son had been shot and taken to the hospital, court documents show.

After the shooting, court documents say Widland fled the scene with his daughters after removing the firearms from the home.

In June, a Widland felony warrant was issued in connection with the shooting. According to the sheriff’s department, Widland was arrested Monday afternoon by deputies from the department’s Special Investigations Unit.

Widland faces multiple charges including first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and first-degree community endangerment.

Widland has committed several previous crimes, including being convicted in 2016 of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon enhancement, which court documents “classify as a felony.”

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