Police won’t be charged in middle school student’s shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 3:20 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas  -- A South Texas grand jury has decided against charges in the police shooting death of a middle-school student.

Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos said Friday that the grand jury found insufficient probable cause that the officers committed a crime.

On Jan. 4, police responded to a call of an armed student inside Cummings Middle School in Brownsville. They found 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez inside the school’s front hall holding what would later be identified as a pellet gun. Officers fired when Gonzalez refused to drop the gun.

Gonzalez’s family immediately criticized the use of lethal force as unjustified. His father, Jaime Gonzalez Sr., declined to comment Friday but said the family planned to respond next week.

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