A 14-year-old boy in Wisconsin died after his 10-year-old brother shot him during a game of “cops and robbers” with a rifle he didn’t know was loaded, authorities said.
Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said deputies responded to the shooting at a rural home south of Loganville around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The two boys, along with their 12-year-old brother, were playing the game with rifles they believed were not loaded. At one point, the 10-year-old boy pointed a rifle at his 14-year-old brother and pulled the trigger.
“This firearm had the magazine removed but unbeknownst to the 10-year-old a round was in the chamber,” Meister said in a news release. “The firearm discharged and struck the 14-year-old boy in the chest.”
Attempts to save the boy — who was not immediately identified — were unsuccessful.
The incident remained under investigation on Wednesday, Sauk County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Stoddard told The Post.
Stoddard said it was a “distinct possibility” that the owner of the rifle would face criminal charges in connection to the boy’s death, but he declined to comment further. An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday, he said.
Stoddard told The Reedsburg Times-Press that the three boys lived at the home and the rifle, which was accessible in the home, was owned by their father.
A representative of the family told the newspaper that relatives were not ready to speak to reporters.
Stoddard said the scene was “very chaotic” when he arrived.
“I don’t know how the family is going to deal with it,” he told the Times-Press.