No charges will be filed after a year-long investigation of the death of 7-year-old Keyaris Samuels, who accidentally shot himself in May 2018 with a gun he found inside his Plymouth home.

Officials from the Plymouth Police Department stated Tuesday that all leads have been exhausted and the case was declined for charges, therefore, the investigation has become inactive.

“While we are extremely disappointed with the case outcome, we are grateful to the attorneys, the law enforcement partners who assisted with this case, and I am proud of the work done by our officers and investigators during this year-long investigation. No stone was left unturned,” Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein stated in a press release.

According to witness reports at the time of his death, Samuels found a loaded handgun inside a box containing a hoverboard inside his home on the 6000 block of Shenandoah Lane in Plymouth.

The release described a thorough investigation that included several interviews, collection of DNA and other evidence, which were analyzed by two forensic labs; as well as analyses on the cell phones involved with the case.

Both the Hennepin County Attorney’s office and the city’s attorney’s office agreed there was not enough evidence to proceed with filing criminal charges.

“Keyaris Samuels, a young, innocent victim, should not have died because of the reckless and irresponsible actions of an individual who left a loaded, unsecured handgun in a residence where four young children resided. No family should ever have to endure such a senseless tragedy,” Goldstein stated.

According to Minnesota statute, it’s illegal for a person to negligently store or leave a loaded firearm in a location where a child is likely to gain access, “unless reasonable action is taken to secure the firearm against access by the child.”

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Kristen Miller is the community editor for the Sun Sailor, covering the communities of Plymouth and Hopkins. Email story ideas to kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com

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