13-Year-Old Killed by Brother in 'Cops and Robbers'

Boys playing with dad's pistol when it went off
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2015 1:16 PM CST
13-Year-Old Killed by Brother in 'Cops and Robbers'
Suhayb Jamal Hassan   (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district)

Two brothers playing with their dad's handgun ended with the younger accidentally dead at the hands of the older in a game of "cops and robbers" gone horrifically wrong. As the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports, 13-year-old Suhayb Jamal Hassan, his 15-year-old brother, and an 11-year-old sister were at their home in the Minneapolis suburb of Eagan on Sunday morning when the boys found their dad's unloaded 9mm pistol, with ammunition nearby. "They began to play with the gun and sometime during the incident the gun was loaded and then believed to have been unloaded by one of the boys," an Eagan detective says, per KARE.

The 15-year-old boy pretended to shoot Suhayb, but the gun was loaded and went off, striking Suhayb in the chest. The older boy called 911, telling them at first that Suhayb had accidentally fallen on a knife; he later admitted that he'd accidentally shot Suhayb. Emergency responders pronounced the boy dead at the scene. "We do not anticipate any future arrests," says the city of Eagan in a statement. It adds that while an investigation is being conducted, the case "appears to be a horrible accident." "It's so sad," says a neighbor. "You hear about this happening a lot ... kids playing with guns." (More gun accident stories.)

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