8th-grader killed by Texas police had real-looking pellet gun.

Brownsville city manager Charlie Cabler, left, holds up a photo…

Brownsville city manager Charlie Cabler, left, holds up a photo of the carbon dioxide powered pellet handgun 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez was holding at the time he was shot by police at Cummings Middle School as Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Yvette Vela)

Police say the weapon a Texas eighth-grader pointed at officers in a school hallway before they killed him was a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun.

Interim Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez says 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez had “plenty of opportunities” to lower the weapon but “didn’t want to.”

Rodriguez says two officers fired three shots and struck Gonzalez at least twice.

Rodriguez says that before the confrontation with police, Gonzalez walked into a Cummings Middle School classroom and punched another boy in the nose. He says he doesn’t know why Gonzalez brandished the weapon but that the initial call to police said a student had a gun.

Source: CBS News

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  • Ranger Finder

    I hate to say it, but anything less than a firearm should have a blaze orange muzzle. It appears to be a Crossman T4.