Texas police kill 15-year-old carrying pellet gun

January 5, 2012
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Nancy Blanco and her husband Arturo Carreon comforted their two children, Ashley Carreon,12, and Josey Lynn Carreon,13, after being reunited with them at Dean Porter Park in Brownsville,Texas Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. The park is across the street from Cummings Middle School. A 15 year-old student was shot and killed by Brownsville police at the school after he was seen brandishing a weapon inside the school. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The parents of an 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot by police inside his South Texas school are demanding to know why officers took lethal action.

But police say Jamie Gonzalez was brandishing what appeared to be a handgun Wednesday, though it turned out to be a pellet gun.

Authorities say Gonzalez was shot at least twice by officers in a hallway at Cummings Middle School in Brownsville.

The boy’s father is questioning why officers repeatedly fired at his son. He also says he has no idea where his son got the pellet gun or why he brought it to school.

Interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez says his officers had every right to do what they did to protect themselves and other students.

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