Texas deputies firing at a suspect shot and killed a 6-year-old boy when at least one round went through the wall of his mobile home.
The woman was attempting to break in to the trailer Thursday afternoon in Schertz when the shooting took place. Little Kameron Prescott was struck in the torso and later died at a nearby hospital.
The female suspect was shot multiple times and died at the scene. She had no apparent connection to the child or his family, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
Earlier in the day deputies had found the woman hiding in the closet of a home, where she pointed a gun at them before fleeing on foot. She was suspected of stealing a car and other offenses.
“The suspect indicated to the deputies, ‘I have a weapon, I’m going to shoot you,'” Salazar said, according to KHOU. “At that point, she actually brandished the weapon toward the deputy.”
She would swim across a creek before running into a wooded area next to the trailer park where the boy lived. She tried to break into several homes at the trailer park before she came to the home where Kameron was inside with other relatives.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the deputies to fire at the woman. No weapon was found on her at the time of her death.
A deputy involved in the two-hour search for the woman said she had pointed a gun several times, according to Salazar. It’s not clear if the woman lost the weapon or parted with it as she was being chased.
“Something in the way that the suspect presented to the deputies placed these deputies in direct fear for their lives,” Salazar said, according to KTSA. “They shot several shots each at the suspect. The suspect was shot at least several times that we know of. She fell over and died at the scene.”
Kameron was home because his school let out students at noon for the Christmas break, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“I can definitively tell you that myself and all the deputies involved, there’s not a single one us of that wouldn’t trade places with this child,” Salazar said.
Valerie Mills, who lives in the mobile home park, said she was walking near her home when she saw the woman.
“She ran towards me, asking for help, waving her arms at me,” Mills told the Express-News. “She was about 20 feet away from me. I just turned around and walked off.”
A GoFundMe page has raised $2,000 for Kameron’s family.
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