Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has released details of the investigation into the accidental shooting death of 9-year-old Royale Spencer. The shooting happened Jan. 21. The DA concluded that no criminal charges will be filed and the shooting was accidental.
The DA said evidence uncovered shows Roy’Ale and his 11-year-old friend got into a gun cabinet that morning. They found three long guns, two BB rifles and one was a single shot .410 shotgun. One or both boys checked the guns to see if they were loaded by shaking them. When loose BBs were heard, one boy emptied the guns onto the bed. BBs were located on the bed.
The DA said the 11-year-old boy held the .410 shotgun and pulled the trigger. The single shot struck Roy’Ale in the face causing fatal injuries. The DA added there is no indication the 11-year-old boy knew the weapon was a shotgun, as opposed to a BB gun, or that the weapon was loaded.
Bennett said Kansas has no “safe storage” law that would require specific security measures to be taken by owners to secure their firearms. He added that several facts have been alleged publicly that are not supported by the evidence uncovered during the investigation. Read the full investigation by clicking on the document.