3-year-old boy killed in apparent accidental shooting is identified | SteamboatToday.com

3-year-old boy killed in apparent accidental shooting is identified

Routt County Sheriff's Office officials investigate at a home in the Stagecoach area where a Steamboat Springs police officer's 3-year-old son was killed after a gun accidentally went off.
Matt Stensland

— The 3-year-old boy who died Thursday morning in an apparent accidental shooting in the Stagecoach area has been identified as Gavin Stiles, son of Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Michael Stiles and Joni Stiles.

Someone called 911 on Thursday to report that Gavin had shot himself at home.

The boy later died after being taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

In a news release issued Friday, Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said the Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were continuing an investigation into the boy’s death.

The release offered few new details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

A Gofundme page has been set up to support the Stiles family at https://www.gofundme.com/2em2ymk.

Police Chief Cory Christensen and other law enforcement officers were in mourning on Thursday when they learned about the boy’s death.

“It’s a tragedy in our family, and we’re focusing on the welfare of our employee and his family,” Christensen said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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