Man sought in death of Washington 4-year-old

Posted: 07/22/13 at 2:20 pm EDT

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) -- Police followed tips overnight but were still searching Monday for a Washington state man wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.

Investigators are talking to people who may know Trevor Braymiller, 25, and asking the public for tips, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said

Police don't know if he's still in the area, about 70 miles north of Seattle.

Detectives are waiting for results of the autopsy on Monday to learn more about how the boy died Sunday, and they can't say yet whether it may have been an accident, Wood said.

The gun they believe was used was found Sunday by a Washington State Patrol explosives-sniffing dog under the stairs of a church about a half-block from the house where the child was shot that morning, the Skagit Valley Herald reported (http://bit.ly/15Zde3n ).

No shell casing was found at the scene, but there is one in the gun, indicating that the gun misfired and didn't eject the shell. Lt. Lin Tucker said.

People at the house indicated the boy shot himself, but investigators suspect a homicide and Braymiller fled.

Police were told he went to the nearby church. A friend gave Braymiller a ride to the Big Lake community, about 5 miles south of Sedro-Woolley. The friend went to police after learning the child was dead.

Braymiller, a felon convicted of selling drugs, is not supposed to have a gun, police said. The house is well known to police, and officers conducted a drug raid there in 2011. Police have seized firearms from Braymiller in the past.

No one in the house saw the shooting, Tucker said. Also in the house at the time was the boy's mother, a couple, another young man and a girl about 2 years old who was parented by the mother and Braymiller.

"We're getting a lot of input from citizens saying they would like to find this guy and beat him up," Tucker told the newspaper. "We would rather they not turn our suspect into a victim."

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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