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Police kill armed 15-year-old at Texas school

January 4, 2012 |  9:26 am

Police officers in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, shot and killed an armed 15-year-old at a middle school Wednesday morning after he pointed a gun at them, authorities said.

The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. at Cummings Middle School, Brownsville Police Det. Jose Treviño told the San Antonio Express News. Brownsville is about 280 miles south of San Antonio. Treviño did not return calls Wednesday.

The wounded eighth-grader was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to the Associated Press. The news organization noted that Cameron County Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge told the Brownsville Herald that the student had died. Hodge did not return calls Wednesday.

It was not clear whether the 15-year-old fired the gun or how he obtained it, Treviño told the AP. No other students or administrators were injured in the shooting, Treviño told the San Antonio Express-News.

He said police responded to a call from administrators that a student had brought a gun to school, and the facility was placed on lockdown as officers located the youth.

“The individual confronted the officers, at which time they had to shoot him,” Treviño told the Express-News.

Treviño said he didn't know how many officers responded or fired their weapons. He declined to release the 15-year-old's name because he was a juvenile.

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