- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015

A 13-year-old South Carolina boy used his mother’s shotgun to fend off two burglars, killing one, who attempted to break into his home while his mother was at work on Tuesday.

The incident began when the boy, who is not being named because of his age, became wary of a grey Chevy Sonic that had pulled up near his house in Ladson, South Carolina, police said, Fox 5 reported.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office reported that the boy then heard someone trying to break into his family’s home.

He then retrieved his mother’s shotgun and went to the back door of the house. He fired the gun at a person outside, and the person then fired back, police said.

Police said the two burglary suspects, Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, and Ira Bennett, 28, of North Carolina, then fled the scene.

Both men have extensive criminal histories including assault with intent to kill, third-degree burglary, and manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, Fox reported.

Mr. Bennett reportedly drove Brown to a nearby hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds and then took off. Brown later died of his wounds, authorities said.

Police later found a Colt .45 pistol, not owned by the boy’s family, in the backyard of his family’s home.

The boy’s mother told police that she has never trained her son to use the shotgun, but she had told him to use it if he needed to.

Mr. Bennett has been charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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