Boy, 13, killed while playing 'cops and robbers'

Boy, 13, Killed While Playing 'Cops And Robbers'
Boy, 13, Killed While Playing 'Cops And Robbers'

A popular children's game turned into a deadly mistake over the weekend.

Suhayb Jamal Hassan,13, was playing 'cops and robbers' with his 15-year-old brother Sunday.

Police received a call from the brother who told them Suhayb was running with a knife when he fell and accidentally stabbed himself. He died at the scene.

But KARE reports when they got there he admitted that he lied and told them he accidentally shot his brother. A detective told the station the brothers recently discovered their father owned a handgun.

"The boys found the 9mm pistol inside of the home. They began to play with the gun and sometime during the incident the gun was loaded and believed to have been unloaded by one of the boys."

A medical examiner confirmed Suhayb died from gunshot wounds to the chest. The boys' 11-year-old sister was home but wasn't hurt and didn't witness the shooting. KSTP reports police consider the shooting an accident and are not anticipating any future arrests.

There have been several recent instances of young children accidentally shooting siblings while playing with loaded guns.

In November, a 3-year-old girl in Ohio was shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother who found a .40-caliber handgun in their parents' dresser.

And just a few days ago, a 9-month-old boy in Missouri died after his 5-year-old brother accidentally shot him with a handgun he was playing with.

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