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GPD ends investigation into shooting death of 3-year-old

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:28 pm

The Gilroy Police Department has concluded their investigation into the July 5 fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy on Kentwood Court, and plans to send their findings to the family violence unit of the District Attorney’s Office by the end of the week.

After hours of interviews and sifting through evidence of a case that sent ripples of grief through the Gilroy community, the GPD is ready to hand off the investigation for the DA to make the ultimate call about any possible criminal charges, according to Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.

“We made sure our investigation was objective and thorough, and now it’s the DA’s turn to handle the case,” Gallacinao said.

Three-year-old Preston Orlando, the son of San Jose Police officer Brandon Orlando, was in an upstairs bedroom at his home on Kentwood Court around 5 p.m. July 5 when he was accidentally shot with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to Gilroy police reports. Police and medics arrived on scene quickly, but were unable to treat his injuries. The toddler died en route to the hospital, said Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.

The case findings remain murky for now - key details such as who owned the gun used, and whether or not Brandon Orlando was in the home at the time - have not been revealed.

“Afer this week, it will be up to the District Attorney’s Office to decide what details are released or not,” Gallacinao said.

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