An 11-year-old boy has killed an intruder who broke into his family’s home, police have reported.
The child short the 16 year old suspect in the head in his home in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday.
The unidentified boy was home alone with his 4-year-old sister when the suspect tried to break into the house multiple times, police reported.
He reportedly tried to unlock the front door and entered around 2:30 pm, that is when the child shot the suspected intruder.
‘An 11-year-old who was inside picked up a handgun and fired one round, striking the suspect and fatally wounding him,’ said Sgt. Brian Schellman.
‘It just seems that at this point anyone can pull the trigger on a weapon, it’s very scary,’ said Schellman.
A second 16-year-old suspect also reportedly fled the scene upon hearing gun shots. He was apprehended shortly after the shooting.
Police say they are investigating why the children were home alone.
They are also looking into why the child had access to a handgun, but cops say they think it’s because their mother had purchased a gun because of previous break-in attempts.