A South Carolina teenager left home alone used his mother’s gun to shoot and kill a burglar, authorities said Tuesday.
Fox Carolina reported that deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a home in Ladson Tuesday shortly before 2 p.m. EST Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the unidentified 13-year-old boy and asked him to come out of the home.
The boy said he heard a vehicle pull up behind his house, then heard someone trying get inside a few minutes later. At that point, the teen picked up his mother’s gun and went to the back door of the home.
Authorities said the boy told them he fired the gun through the door and the person outside fired back. The boy fired several more shots, apparently wounding the suspect. According to Fox Carolina, neighbors reported hearing gunshots before seeing a gray car pull out near the home and speed away.
Charleston County sheriff’s officials reported that a gray Chevy Sonic pulled up to a local hospital with several bullet holes. An affidavit states the passenger in the car had three gunshot wounds and was rushed to the emergency room in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.
The deceased suspect was identified as 31-year-old Lamar Brown. The car’s driver, 28-year-old Ira Bennett, was arrested charged him with first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The affidavit said Bennett tried to explain the bullet holes in his car by claiming that someone had fired at the vehicle on an interstate.
Authorities searching the teen’s home said they had recovered a Colt .45 pistol in the area where the boy said the suspect was trying to gain entry to the house. The boy’s mother said the family had lived in the home since May. Fox Carolina reported that the family spent Tuesday night elsewhere, claiming they didn’t feel safe in the home.