Police say a 13-year-old boy shot and killed Lamar Brown after Brown and his friend tried to break into the boy's home

By Char Adams
Updated November 11, 2015 05:30 PM

A 13-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed a would-be robber with his mother’s gun, thwarting an attempted burglary on Tuesday, police say.

The teen, who police are not identifying because he is a minor, fatally shot Lamar Brown, 31, after Brown and 28-year-old Ira Bennett allegedly attempted to break into his Ladson home just before 2 p.m., The Post and Courier reports.

Brown, 31, died at Trident Medical Center of multiple gunshot wounds, Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal confirms to PEOPLE.

Police say the boy was home alone and grew suspicious when he saw a vehicle pull up behind the house. He told deputies that a man tried to break in, so he grabbed his mother’s pistol and began firing, according to the Post and Courier.

Brown, of Summerville, exchanged gunfire with the boy before fleeing in a car with Bennett. Bennett then allegedly dropped Brown off at the medical center, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say the vehicle arrived at the hospital with several bullet holes and Brown was rushed to the ER suffering three gunshots. Bennett, of North Charleston, allegedly continued on in the vehicle and witnesses later identified him as the driver, ABC News 4 reports.

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Bennett was arrested and charged with first degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy’s mother told the Post and Courier that she was at work when her son called to tell her about the burglary. She added that she had the pistol in the home for protection, but had never taught her son how to use it.

“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to,” she told the newspaper.

The boy’s mother added, “I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day.”

A judge denied Bennett bond on Wednesday, according to ABC.