A Glock pistol
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Jaime Gonzalez was having a bad day.
He was a student at Cummings Middle School in Brownsville, Texas.
The school's website bills itself as "Home of the Mighty Red Ants!"
Classes had just resumed after winter break.
It was early in the morning, right after classes started at eight o'clock in the morning.
A few weeks earlier, teachers in the school
had put up Christmas trees for the holiday.
We don't know why, but Jaime walked into a classroom and punched another kid in the nose.
Shortly after, Jaime pulled out a gun. Someone saw him and called the police.
A message came over the school's public address system: the school was in lockdown.
The other students in the school were locked into their classrooms.
Kids in front of the school mural.
The kids in the school range in age
from 10 to 15 years old.
Jaime may have wandered the halls of the school for a while.
When police arrived, they saw him with the gun. They yelled at him to put the gun down, put the gun down.
For whatever reason, Jaime didn't put the gun down.
Police ran towards him.
Jaime likely made a move that threatened the officers. Maybe he raised the gun and pointed it directly at them.
Two of the police officers fired.
One officer shot once, and the other shot twice.
Two bullets struck Jaime's body.
Jaime had tricked the officers into thinking he was going to shoot them. Either he fooled them intentionally or he was emotionally upset and wasn't thinking clearly when he fooled them.
When police retrieved the gun, they discovered it was a fake. It was a realistic-looking replica of a Glock 17 handgun, using carbon-dioxide to fire pellets.
It didn't matter to Jaime, who was brought to a local hospital.
That's where Jaime was pronounced dead.
Jaime Gonzalez Jr.
- The "Glock pistol" pictured above,
- Police: Student Killed By Officers Carried Pellet Gun, NPR>>
- Teenager shot dead at school by police who thought his pellet gun was a lethal weapon, Mail Online>>
- Photos are from Cummings Middle School>>
- This article talks about Jaime Gonzalez, and other cases where fake guns have led to fatal consequences: Texas Death Offers Grim Reminder That Gun Replicas Can Fool Police, The New York Times>>