A 6-year-old boy was shot and killed by a stray bullet when Texas sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a female suspect at a trailer park near Schertz, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 21, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Bexar County deputies reportedly fatally shot the 30-year-old woman after a near two-hour manhunt as she tried to break into a trailer at the Pecan Grove Trailer Park, located off FM 78 on the banks of Cibolo Creek.
According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, it is not clear what triggered the four uniformed officers to discharge their handguns and at least one rifle in their confrontation with the woman.
But CBS reported that the deputies involved in the pursuit said she had pointed a firearm at them earlier.
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The woman was standing on the front porch of the trailer, located in the 100 block of Peach Lane, when the shooting took place.
At least one bullet is said to have penetrated the wall of the mobile home and hit the child in the torso.
The boy, who has not been officially identified, was taken to a hospital and was later pronounced dead.
A GoFundMe page has been created, however, in the slain boy’s honor and to assist with funeral costs.
Two other family members were reportedly in the home at the time of the shooting and were not injured.
The sheriff told reporters the woman had no apparent connection to either the child or the family in the trailer home.
According to the authorities, the woman was a wanted felon and car-theft suspect.
Earlier in the day, a man had notified the police that a woman had stolen his car and that he knew her whereabouts.
Deputies reportedly found her hiding in a closet at a house in the 11200 block of FM 1518.
Salazar said the woman had indicated to officers that she was armed and said “I’m going to shoot you,” before running away.
Officers then allegedly gave chase on foot.
“At least several times during this foot chase, the woman continuously pointed the weapon at the deputy,” Salazar said, according to Express-News.
A helicopter and tracking dogs joined the search, which led deputies down a ravine, across a creek, and into a wooded area, it is reported.
The suspect eventually ran into the trailer park and reportedly physically threatened two residents on the way.
The woman allegedly tried to break into several homes before officers caught up with her on the porch of the child’s home.
Salazar said he had not interviewed the deputies involved in the shooting and would not comment on the specifics.
He added that the pilot of the helicopter involved in the chase reported that the woman had reached for her waistband repeatedly, suggesting she may have been armed.
At the time of reporting, no gun had been found on the slain woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.