A 9-year-old boy’s decision not to play cops and robbers cost him his life — and now his 13-year-old killer will be tried as an adult.
The young victim, a resident of Waynesboro, Pa. — located two miles north of the Maryland border — was fatally gunned down by his 13-year-old brother on the morning of July 8, reported The Associated Press.
The suspect has been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault, according to court records.
The brothers were reportedly in the living room of their home when the older boy wanted to play cops and robbers. But after the 9-year-old — who was watching videos on a phone — refused, the older sibling retrieved a loaded handgun that their father kept in an unlocked cabinet.
An arrest affidavit revealed that the handgun was placed against the 9-year-old’s head immediately before the shot was fired. The bullet ripped through the boy’s skull and exited on the right side of his head, according to the report.
The teen admitted to cops that he was angry with his brother for not wanting to play. He claims he then returned the gun to the cabinet, according to reports.
The older boy called 911 following the shooting, but his sibling later died at a hospital.
The boys’ father told cops that he keeps two loaded 9-mm guns in the cabinet for protection, according to NBC News.
State police stated that the 13-year-old claimed he handled the firearms frequently while unsupervised.