Police: 11-year-old shoots, kills suspect who entered home via unlocked front door

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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.

St. Louis County shooting

St. Louis County shooting

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.


  • RedHot

    “the third deadly incident involving children and guns in that section of St. Louis in recent weeks”

    This is SO misleading! Shame on you!!
    The child in this story was protecting him/herself & the younger child from a criminal breaking into the home.
    There is absolutely NOTHING wrong about that, and to imply otherwise is unethical.
    And there’s no reason for the police to investigate the mother and “why she had a gun & why the children had access”. She obviously had it for protection, and that’s exactly the purpose it served. Even children have a right to protect themselves from criminals, yes, even using deadly force. Perfectly legal.

  • Sam

    The kid did the right thing I’m sure his mother thought him responsibility and did the right thing to save his siblings from being hurt or killed by the criminals
    If you have a gun in you’re home it’s always recommended teaching them at young age to use and handle moral standards and have certafied instruction guns save lives when used properly mother did right thing the kid did right thing and no one should be charged but the criminals only

  • mike

    I’m happy to see of the 4 comments so far, none are these liberal hippocrites, talking about the problem with guns. This is a perfect example of why teaching kids at a young age gun safety is important. It’s sad that it had to come to that, and yes, the 11 y/o will probably not sleep well at night, but he was physically unharmed… and alive. Someday maybe dumb kids/adults will learn that the punishment for doing stupid sh%* is death or severe bodily harm.

    • Fed-up

      Exactly! Who is to say the 16 year old wouldn’t have hurt or even killed them! They were prepared. Take from this the “TWO!” earlier attempts. Seems to me the kids breaking in were there for more than a play date. Maybe the 11 year was wise enough to end it and prepared himself with an unlocked door and loaded pistol.

  • Bill C

    I was given my first gun at around 10 and taught how to use it. My parents would leave my sister and I unattended for short periods of time as did every parent in the neighborhood. It was a common thing. We also played with other kids outside without the parents being there. The only things I see wrong here are the way this article is written and the way it implies the parents did something wrong. The parents did everything right — they taught their child how to defend their self.

  • hatchet

    Glad to see the suspect died . He deserved it, maybe others will get the hint it’s not a good idea to break Into houses

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