Texas Cops Fatally Shoot Six-Year-Old Boy While Shooting At Unarmed Woman
In another tragic incident involving police officers, a six-year-old boy was fatally shot by Texas deputies when a stray bullet went through his family’s trailer. The deputies were firing at a woman standing in front of the boy’s home. The woman was unarmed.
The child, Kameron Prescott, had been visiting his father for Christmas break when cops from the San Antonio sheriff’s office started shooting at the woman, 30-year-old Amanda Jones, who they had been pursuing for nearly two hours, Eyewitness News reported.
Shots were aimed at Jones, who was standing on the front porch, but at least one round of gunfire went through the wall of the trailer and hit Prescott in the torso. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the San Antonio Express News.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputies also killed Jones. They claimed the woman they were shooting at had a gun, but was found unarmed after the confrontation.
The shootings came at the end of a manhunt which began when a man called police and told them his car had been stolen by Jones. He directed the cops to her, who found her hiding in a closet. At that point, the cops said she flashed a gun and threatened to shoot, Sheriff Javier Salazar told the newspaper.
The woman then ran away through a wooded area and waded across a creek before arriving at the mobile home park where and eventually ended up on Prescott’s front porch, where deputies started shooting, the Express News reported.
Salazar said he didn’t know why his officers had opened fire, but told the newspaper that police policy allows deputies to use deadly force when presenting a threat to them or to another person.
“I haven’t personally interviewed the deputies — I don’t know what they saw,” Salazar told reporters in a press conference on Thursday after the shooting.
“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,” he added.
“In my opinion it’s a tragic accident that led to the death of this young man,” Salazar said at a news conference. “We are looking into all of it. Internal Affairs is still investigating it. But again preliminarily it appears that policies and procedures (on use of force) were complied with.”
Just 6 years old.
The youngest person shot & killed by American police in 2017.
His family is devastated.
Police literally shot through Kameron's home – claiming that they aimed to hit another woman – who also turned out to be unarmed. pic.twitter.com/bSucmC5hM1
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 23, 2017
Prescott’s uncle said the little boy had been telling his family he had been feeling uneasy the whole day.
“He was saying to his grandpa that he didn’t want to be there,” Christopher Gonzales told Kens 5 Eyewitness News. “All day, he was saying he didn’t have a good feeling. He was telling his dad he wanted to call his mom and didn’t want to be there. He just kind of knew it wasn’t going to be a good day.”
Gonzales wants the deputies held responsible for the slaughtering his young nephew.
“If it is the police, we hope that you hold your people accountable,” he told Kens5. “I am sorry that it comes to this, but y’all are people just like us at the end of the day. Y’all deserve to be held accountable. It is a Constitutional right. Y’all just killed a little boy, if it was y’all. There’s no weapon, so it wasn’t that lady.”
Prescott is currently the youngest person shot dead by police in 2017.