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Police shoot and kill 8th-grader at Texas school

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Police in Brownsville, Texas, today shot and killed an 8th-grade student who was brandishing a gun at a middle school, the Brownsville Herald reports.

 

Update at 1:09 p.m. ET: KXXV TV in Waco reports, without attribution, that police told the teenager to put his weapon down, but that the student did not comply. Police shot the boy 3 times, KXXV TV says.

 

Update at 12:56 p.m. ET: The 15-year-old student died after being taken to a local hospital, KGBT TV reports.

 

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: 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, the Associated Press reports. 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 this morning.

 

Brownsville is 280 miles south of San Antonio on the southern tip of Texas.

 

WATCH: Raw video from KVEO of student being taken into custody.

 

Update at 12:09 p.m. ET: A school administrator apparently noticed the student carrying the gun and called police, Brownsville police Detective J.J. Trevino said, according to the Associated Press. He said investigators hadn't determined whether the student fired any shots. He said he had no information on why the student had the gun on him.

 

"It's still under investigation, as far as how he came about to bringing the weapon or if he encountered anybody or anything else," Trevino said.

 

Update at 11:27 a.m. ET: Brownsville police Detective J.J. Trevino says officers found the student with a handgun in a hallway and shot him, the Associated Press reports.

 

Update at 11:17 a.m. ET:The newspaper, quoting Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge, reports that the suspect was an eighth-grade student at the school.

 

Original post: The newspaper says the suspect had "engaged police" around 8 a.m. today but it was not immediately clear if he had also opened fire.

 

The Cummings Middle School was locked down during the ordeal.

 

There were no other injuries, although a student was detained for questioning, the newspaper says.

 

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The kid is at fault but not sure if he deserved to die :(

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15 in 8th grade?

 

and pointing a gun at the cops.

 

sucks for the cop but he did what he had to do to go home at night.

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If the cops, while pointing their weapons at you, tell you to drop your weapon - and you choose to ignore them, guess what?

 

Even if the gun was empty, they did the right thing - can't take chances these days, particularly in a school...imagine if the kid shot a kid or teacher because the police didn't take action when he refused to drop the weapon? Talk about a lawsuit :b:

 

TimS

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I'll betcha everday a 15 y.o. dies in this country in an auto accident or of some disease that they had no control over.

 

We don't hear about it.

Those are the true tragedies.

 

This is just reckless and stupid, or maybe even suicide, who knows?

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tazers must be broken today. just shoot him dead.

 

where does the article say he pointed the gun at cops or anyone? looks like he just didnt drop it. the words, they mean things beyond our imaginations

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2 good things here ,only 1 side to the story & the tax payer doesnt have to shell out $25,000 a year + it costs to keep a scumsucking leech locked up.good job officer go get another.

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You ******* people who are cheering on a police shooting of a kid, without knowing any of the facts, just ******* sicken me.

 

He's ******* 15 years of age. If shooting him was the only resort, you'd have a point. BUT WE DON'T ******* KNOW THAT.

 

Me, I'm going away from this ******* sinkhole of a website for a few minutes, and offer prayers for all involved. The kid and the cops, and the families. Those of you who profess to be Christians, should maybe do the same

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