ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- St. Louis County police say an 11-year-old child shot and killed a suspect trying to break into a home on Thursday, September 3rd.
Police tell KTVI in St. Louis the 11-year-old child fired one round from a handgun -- killing the 16-year-old suspect.
Two suspects tried to break into the home on Hallwood Drive twice earlier Tuesday, KTVI reports.
The 16-year-old suspect was able to get into the home via an unlocked front door.
The 11-year-old and a four-year-old child were home alone.
Police say when the 16-year-old entered the home around 2:30 in the afternoon, the 11-year-old child shot and killed that suspect.
Police found the body with a gunshot to the head in the front foyer of the home, KTVI said.
Investigators say the second suspect ran off when shots were fired. But that suspect has been taken into custody.
Meanwhile, authorities are talking to the mother of the 11 and four-year-old children to determine why they 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-ins.
KTVI says she is cooperating with the investigation.
The 11-year-old and four-year-old were not injured.
It is the third deadly incident involving children and guns in that section of St. Louis in recent weeks, CNN says.
On August 18th, nine-year-old Jamyla Bolden was shot and killed while doing homework while lying in her mother's bed.
A week later, 21-month-old Carter Epps died after being shot in the torso.