13-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Teen Brother While Playing Cops & Robbers

A 13-year-old boy from Minnesota was reportedly accidentally shot and killed by his 15-year-old brother while the siblings were playing an all-too-real game of cops and robbers. Suhayb Jamal Hassan, who was in the eighth grade, was reportedly shot once with a handgun that belonged to his father and died at the family's home in Minneapolis.


When Suhayb's older brother first called police to report the incident, the teen reportedly told them his sibling stabbed himself while running with a knife. Considering his age and the fact that he was likely scared to death at that point, I don't feel it's fair to fault him for what reportedly turned out to be a lie that he owned up to once police arrived at their home.

The teen allegedly confessed to cops that he and Suhayb had found a 9 mm handgun in the house and an ammunition clip was discovered close by. They were curious and decided to load the weapon. But they reportedly made a mistake assuming they had then unloaded it.

Police say the brothers started playing and chasing each other around the house with the weapon. In the middle of a game of cops and robbers, the older sibling pulled the trigger and shot Suhayb in the chest.

The boys' 11-year-old sister was also in the house at the time of the incident.

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So far, police have deemed this tragedy an accident and haven't charged anyone with a crime. Given the misery that every single member of this family is being forced to live with at this moment, I think that's a wise decision.

Do you feel the brother or father should be charged for this young teen's death?


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