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Texas 8th grader critical, shot by police in alleged school burglary

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(CBS/AP) PASADENA, Texas - Authorities say a 14-year-old student at a Houston-area school is in critical condition after a police officer investigating a classroom break-in shot him.

Pasadena Independent School District Superintendent Kirk Lewis says the shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday at Miller Intermediate School.

Lewis says the officer was investigating a broken window in a portable classroom containing computers after an alarm went off. He confronted the boy, who was carrying a backpack, but the boy refused to stop. Lewis says the officer felt threatened and opened fire, shooting the teen in the upper chest.

He says the officer was not hurt in the incident but that the 8th grade student is hospitalized in critical condition.

The teen's name and further details about him were not immediately released.

"It's tragic for everyone, especially the young man," Lewis said, according to the Houston Chronicle. We just hope everybody recovers. The officer is pretty distraught."

The Pasadena Police Department will investigate the shooting. Classes were in session Tuesday.


  • Crimesider Staff

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