An 11-year-old boy home alone with his 4-year-old sister shot and killed one of two people allegedly trying to break into the house.
The intruders made several other attempts to enter the home Thursday before finally succeeding through the unlocked front door, authorities said.
When police arrived after the shooting near St. Louis, they found a 16-year-old suspect in the home’s foyer, dead of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Fox-2 in St. Louis.
Investigators say the second suspect ran off when shots were fired. St. Louis County police have taken the suspect into custody. They have not yet released the suspect’s name.
Authorities are talking to the mother to determine why the children were home alone. They also want to know why the 11-year-old had access to a handgun. Police believe the mother purchased the handgun because of prior attempted home break-in attempts. She is cooperating with the investigation.
The 16-year-old’s body was removed from the home at around 4:15pm. Police are not releasing the name of the suspect at this time.
The break-in is still under investigation, and St. Louis police reported that they are hoping additional witnesses will come forward.
Neither child was injured.
Watch the report, via Fox-2:
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