NORTH HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A 17-year-old boy is facing a serious charge after allegedly lying about the accidental shooting of his 16-year-old sister.
Harris County Sherriff’s deputies were called to the family home in the 1100 block of Ruellen around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to investigators, the teenage boy initially told deputies that a drive-by-gunman had shot his sister.
Deputies searched the area for a suspect until the boy reportedly confessed the truth. Investigators said the boy admitted that he had been playing with the gun at their house when it accidentally went off.
The bullet hit the boy’s sister in the thigh.
“He then attempted to hide the weapon. He informed us of what he did. We retrieved the weapon,” said Sgt. Eric Batton. “He’s very upset about it. He didn’t mean to do it.”
Even though the boy eventually confessed, deputies did not take his alleged lie lightly.
The 17-year-old was taken into custody and charged with filing a false police report.
“I’m a gun guy myself, and I’m all for guns, but you have got to treat them right,” said neighbor Lawrence Witt. “I raised two boys hunting and fishing and I’ve tried to teach them, if you don’t eat it, you don’t shoot it.”
The boy reportedly told deputies that he brought the gun home after getting it from a family member. It’s unclear which relative the .45 caliber might’ve come from.
Investigators also aren’t sure if the boy had taken the gun to school or it had been with him on the school bus.
“I was shocked, his own sister and then him,” said Raymond Thompson, who rides the bus with the teen suspect to Davis High School.
Raymond Thompson said he’s never seen the 17-year-old in possession of a gun before.
“He shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. He shouldn’t have it around his sister. That’s just messed up,” Thompson said.
The boy’s sister is being treated at an area hospital and is expected to be OK.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will determine if more charges are going to be filed.