No criminal charges will be filed in a shooting in Redfield on May 15 in which a 2-year-old shot and killed a 5-year-old in the home of a Redfield police officer, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has determined.

No criminal charges will be filed in a shooting in Redfield on May 15 in which a 2-year-old shot and killed a 5-year-old in the home of a Redfield police officer, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has determined.


"It’s a horrible tragedy, the loss of a child, but there was no criminal conduct on the part of the officer or his wife," Hunter said. "No further action will be taken."


Hunter asked the Arkansas State Police to investigate the incident*** instead of the Redfield Police Department because it occurred at the home of Officer Maxwell Charles Schrader.


Because of a new state law adopted last year by the Arkansas General Assembly, Hunter could not release the name of the victim.


The Commercial requested additional information from the Arkansas State Police about the investigation, but spokesman Bill Sadler said he would have to check because "there are more than the usual statutory exemptions under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act."


Because of those exemptions, Sadler said the file would "have to be reviewed carefully" before anything is released.


***There has been a clarification to this article: Redfield Police Chief Steve McFatridge initially requested the Arkansas State Police investigation into a shooting that resulted in the death of a 5-year-old on May 15 because the incident occurred at the home of a Redfield police officer.


In Wednesday’s edition of The Commercial, another official said they requested the Arkansas State Police investigation. They both made the request.