ST. LOUIS, Mo.(CNN) – Police in Missouri say an 11-year-old boy shot and killed an intruder Thursday while he was home alone with another child.
The boy and another 4-year-old girl were alone at a home in Saint Louis County when two suspects tried to break into the house twice before one of them got in.
“The 20-year-old, who is now deceased, made his way into the home through an unlocked front door. The 11-year-old picked up a handgun and fired one round,” said Brian Schellman, St. Louis County Police Department.
The second suspect ran when the shots were fired, but police caught him later. The children were not hurt.
Investigators say they’ll ask the mother why the children were left alone and why the 11-year-old had access to the gun.
Police believe the mom bought the gun after someone tried to break into her house before.