Detroit gun owner charged in teen’s death

The Detroit News

Detroit — A 45-year-old Detroit gun owner has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl who died earlier this week after the gun discharged while the teen and the man’s son were playing with it.

Ivan Berrien is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony firearm. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Friday in 36th District Court.

According to police, it appears the teenage girl, who may have been babysitting, was with several other children when they discovered the weapon around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday in a home in the 15800 block of Lappin on the city’s east side. Three other children between the ages of five and seven were also in the home.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, it’s alleged that when Berrien left to pick up a pizza, the 14-year-old son got his father’s rifle from the bedroom.

Prosecutors say while the son and the girl were playing with the gun, it discharged, fatally striking her in the head.

The girl was rushed to a hospital but was dead on arrival.

“An investigation showed that the adult was the owner of the home and of the weapon,” Sgt. Michael Woody said. “Because he was a convicted felon, he has been charged as a felon in possession of a handgun. We also discovered he has a number of traffic warrants.”