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Boy, 15, shoots his brother dead

A 15-year-old boy has accidentally shot his 13-year-old brother dead while playing "cops and robbers".

Police and paramedics went to a home in Eagan, Minnesota, in the US, after the 15-year-old reported that his brother was unresponsive and bleeding.

He said his brother had fallen and stabbed himself while running with a knife. But when police arrived, the older boy told officers he had accidentally shot his brother.

The boys were at home alone with their 11-year-old sister when they found an unloaded 9mm pistol belonging to their father. Investigators said at some point the firearm was loaded, then thought to be unloaded while the boys chased each other.

Police say the 15-year-old fired one round that struck his brother in the chest.

No one was arrested.

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