POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 6:06pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 9:02pm
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — UPDATE: BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - 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.
Brownsville is on Texas' southern tip.
Police: Texas eighth-grader killed after ignoring order to drop weapon was holding pellet gun
Police have shot and killed an armed 15-year-old student at a middle school in South Texas.
Brownsville police Detective J.J. Trevino says police received a call around 8 a.m. Wednesday that there was an individual with a weapon at Cummings Middle School. Police found the student with a handgun in a hallway and shot him.
Cameron County Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge told The Brownsville Herald the student died.
The shooting remains under investigation, but the gunman was an 8th-grade student at the school.
Trevino says the school was immediately placed on lockdown and no one else was injured. Trevino said he had no information on why the student had the gun.
Brownsville is 280 miles south of San Antonio on the southern tip of Texas.