OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Charges will not be filed against a man who accidentally killed a 9-year-old Oregon City girl while practicing with a gun last month, according to Clackamas County D.A. John Foote.
Shayla May Schonneker was playing outside her home in the 2000 block of 12th Street at about 5 p.m. on April 14th when a bullet fired inside the home struck her in the head, said Lt. Jim Band of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Shayla was taken to OHSU by helicopter and she died as soon as she arrived.
Her mother's boyfriend, 32-year-old Joseph Wolters, said he was practicing taking his gun out of its holster when it discharged. He said a new job required handgun training.
Foote said Friday that Wolters cooperated with police throughout the investigation and showed deep and catastrophic remorse and depression.
Having determined that Joseph Wolters caused the death of Shayla Schonneker, the legal question presented is whether Mr. Wolters is criminally culpable, having acted either intentionally, recklessly, or with criminal negligence in causing the death, Foote said in a letter to the Oregon City Police Department. Your investigation reveals no evidence of intentional conduct.
Foote added that there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use, Wolters had no prior criminal history, and lawfully owned the weapon.
Also on Friday, the Marion County District Attorney's office announced no charges would be filed after a 4-year-old boy from Donald, Ore., accidentally shot himself in the stomach. The boy later died from his injuries.