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Police Shoot and Kill Armed Eighth-Grader in Texas School

Police Shoot Armed Eight Grader
photo by flickr user Jason Edward Scott Bain

In Brownsville, Texas on Wednesday, an armed eighth-grader “engaged” police officers in the hallway of his school where officers then shot and killed the student.

The 750 student school was placed on lockdown when school administrators called the police immediately after the student showed his weapon at about 8 a.m. at Cummings Middle School. District Spokeswoman Drue Brown said that when the police arrived the student “engaged” the officers and was shot – no one else was injured. reports that,

A seventh grade student who said he was two classrooms from where the shooting took place said the school was already on lockdown when he heard three shots. Miguel Grimaldo, 12, said students later followed police out of the building and boarded buses that took them to a neighboring park, where his mother picked him up late Wednesday morning.

“For now they’re not saying anything, just pick up your kids,” said the boy’s mother, Maria Grimaldo.

About two hours after the incident, the lockdown was lifted and students and school employees where relocated while police investigated at the school.

Brownsville police detectives say that investigators have not determined whether or not the student fired any shots or not, or why the student had the gun on him to begin with.

The student was pronounced dead at the hospital and an autopsy has been ordered.


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