Jaime Gonzalez (File)
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (August 10, 2012)—The Cameron County Grand Jury Friday decided against charges in the police shooting death of a middle-school student who was holding a pellet gun.
Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos said Friday the grand jury found insufficient probable cause that the officers committed a crime.
On Jan. 4, officers responded to a report of an armed student inside Cummings Middle School in Brownsville.
They found Jaime Gonzalez, 15, inside the school's front hall holding what would later be identified as a pellet gun.
Officers fired when Gonzalez refused to drop the gun.
Gonzalez's family immediately criticized the use of lethal force as unjustified.
His father, Jaime Gonzalez Sr., declined to comment Friday, but said the family planned to respond next week.
A report released in February by the state attorney general’s office said a police sergeant gave the order to "take him out" when Gonzalez turned toward another student in a middle school hallway in January.
The report filed by Brownsville police said Gonzalez was holding a realistic-looking pellet gun when he turned toward the student who was trapped between him and the officers inside Cummings Middle School.
Officers shot Gonzalez in the abdomen and chest.
The report reflected earlier police statements that Gonzalez pointed the pellet gun at them, but also raises the possibility that he fired at officers.