Police: Eagan boy died playing 'cops and robbers' with unsecured gun


Eagan police say the "suspicious death" they were investigating yesterday "appears to be a horrible accident," but an investigation is ongoing.

According to a press release distributed this afternoon, police were called to 1794 Silver Bell Circle just after 11 a.m. yesterday by a 15-year-old, who reported that his 13-year-old brother, Suhayb Hassan, was unresponsive and bleeding.

"The caller initially reported to dispatchers his brother had been running with a knife inside the residence and had fallen where he accidentally stabbed himself," the release continues.

But investigators quickly determined that's not what really happened.

"Through further questioning, investigators learned the boys recently discovered their father owned a handgun and stored it within the residence," the statement continues. "When home alone with their 11-year-old sister, the boys found the hidden 9 mm pistol which was unloaded. In close proximity was a magazine containing cartridges for the firearm."

The boys, one of them toting the gun, then began to chase each other in a game of "cops and robbers." At some point the older brother pulled the trigger and unintentionally fired a single shot into Suhayb's chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eagan authorities say nobody has been arrested in connection with the tragedy at this point in time, but "upon completion of the investigation, the facts we gather will be presented to the Dakota County Attorney's Office for review."

:::: UPDATE ::::

Here's a photo of Suhayb:

Image credit -- Google

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