POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 1:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:00pm
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Police radio traffic indicates that officers believed an eighth-grader was brandishing a handgun before he was fatally shot inside his South Texas middle school.
Brownsville police say they later determined that 15-year-old Jaime (HY'-may) Gonzalez had a pellet gun Wednesday inside Cummings Middle School. No one else was injured.
A nearly five-minute recording of radio conversations before, during and after the shootings was obtained by KGBT-TV. Early in the recording, an officer says he can see the teen through the school's front door and that he was "holding a handgun, black in color."
Two minutes later, someone yells "shots fired." A couple minutes later, someone asks where the boy was shot, prompting the responses that he was hit in the chest and suffered a "head wound in the back."