Community says goodbye to Gavin Stiles |

Community says goodbye to Gavin Stiles

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— The Routt County Sheriff’s Office has not released additional information about the shooting of 3-year-old Gavin Stiles, son of Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Michael Stiles and Joni Stiles.

“At this point, I will not make any further statements regarding the case until next week,” Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said in an email Wednesday. “I know it is important and people are asking questions, but I don’t want to release information at this time.” 

Last week, Wiggins said the July 14 shooting looked like a tragic accident and that somehow the child got access to a handgun in the family’s home in the Stagecoach area.

Undersheriff Ray Birch said Wednesday investigators have finished interviewing everyone they intend to interview and are now completing their reports.

“We as an organization will meet as we usually do to discuss all the facts of the case prior to releasing (information),” Wiggins said. “The district attorney will be asked to review the case, which is normal.”

Gavin’s memorial service was held Wednesday at the Steamboat Christian Center. Police Chief Cory Christensen estimated about 200 people attended the service, including numerous members of the law enforcement community.

“Today was a very difficult day for all of us as we said goodbye to Gavin,” Christensen said in an email. “We greatly appreciate the kindness expressed by the Steamboat Springs community both to the family as well as to the Steamboat Springs Police Department. I am especially grateful to our first responder partners who have been extremely thoughtful and helpful in the wake of this terrible event.”

A Gofundme page has been set up to support the Stiles family at As of Wednesday, more than $25,000 had been raised.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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