Police kill eighth-grader armed with pellet gun in Brownsville school

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Brownsville police have shot and killed an armed eighth-grader who "engaged" officers in the main hallway of his school.

Brownsville school district officials say administrators immediately called police Wednesday after the student brandished a weapon about 8 a.m. at Cummings Middle School.

A district statement says when police arrived, the student "engaged" the officers and was shot.

Brownsville police are trying to determine why the boy carried a handgun.

Nobody else was hurt. An autopsy has been ordered.

The school, with an enrollment of about 750 students, was placed on lockdown for about two hours.

The boy's name hasn't been released.


Police say the weapon a Texas eighth-grader pointed at officers in a school hallway before they killed him was a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun.

Interim Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez says 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez had "plenty of opportunities" to lower the weapon but "didn't want to."

Rodriguez says two officers fired three shots and struck Gonzalez at least twice.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Rodriguez says that before the confrontation with police,

Gonzalez walked into a Cummings Middle School classroom and punched another boy in the nose. He says he doesn't know why Gonzalez brandished the weapon but that the initial call to police said a student had a gun.

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