Boy, 13, fatally shoots younger brother in game of cops and robbers
A 13-year-old Pennsylvania boy fatally shot his 9-year-old brother for not listening to him as they played a game of cops and robbers, state police said.
Brayden Leroy Wright, of Waynesboro, is accused of intentionally shooting his younger brother early Wednesday, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by PennLive.com.
Police responded to the teen’s home after he called cops to report that someone had fallen. Paramedics then found Wright’s 9-year-old brother in cardiac arrest while bleeding from his head. He later died at Waynesboro Hospital, Trooper Erica Polcha said in an affidavit.
An investigation determined that the muzzle of a gun was touching the boy’s head as it was fired, with the bullet entering the 9-year-old boy’s skull and exiting through the right side of his head, Polcha said.
Matthew Snyder, the boys’ father, told cops he kept two loaded 9mm handguns in an unlocked console of a couch in the living room where his sons were playing early Wednesday, PennLive.com reports.
Snyder said he kept the guns loaded for “home protection,” the trooper wrote in the affidavit.
Brayden admitting to shooting his younger brother during an interview with police because he “was not complying with his commands” while playing a game of cops and robbers, Polcha said.
“He admitted to being angry with the victim for not listening to him,” the affidavit reads.
Brayden, who said he knew the gun was loaded, told cops he put the weapon back in the couch console after shooting his brother as he watched videos on his cellphone on a couch, Polcha said.
Blood was found on the gun, which also had another round in its chamber, the trooper wrote.
The teen, who was charged as an adult, was denied bail by a judge Wednesday on charges of homicide and aggravated assault. He’s due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday, according to PennLive.com.
The boys’ guardians, meanwhile, were not facing any charges as of Thursday, WHTM reports.
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