Teen Shoots At Cops With Replica Gun, Police Shoot Back With Real Guns

A 17-year-old driver passed a stopped school bus, fled police, and then opened fire on the officers who chased him.

Houston, TX – Harris County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a 17-year-old motorist on Wednesday evening, after the teen led them on a pursuit and then shot at them.

The incident began at approximately 3:50 p.m., when the unnamed teenage driver sped around a school bus that had stopped to let students out on Stuebner Airline Road, Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Assistant Chief Tim Navarre said during a press conference.

The bus lights were activated at the time of the incident.

A Harris County deputy on patrol witnessed the driver passing the stopped school bus and attempted to pull the teen over.

The suspect fled, leading deputies on a 10-minute pursuit through subdivisions, Chief Navarre said.

The driver eventually headed south on Stuebner Airline Road, where he crashed into a ditch while attempting to make a U-turn.

Approximately five deputies had joined the pursuit by that time, Chief Navarre said.

One of the deputies yelled at the teen to show his hands through the open driver’s window of the crashed car.

“The driver, [who] was the only one in the vehicle, reached down, grabbed a pistol, and started firing at them,” Chief Navarre explained. “Deputies returned fire and put the man down.”

The deputies rushed towards the suspect’s vehicle and pulled him out of the driver’s seat, but he had already died, the chief said.

The shooter has been identified, but his name has not been released, Chief Navarre said.

He was described as a white male who had no known criminal history.

Chief Navarre said investigators “have no idea” why the driver began shooting at police.

“I mean, all he did was pass a school bus when he shouldn’t have,” the chief said.

Investigators ultimately determined that the teen’s weapon was a replica 1911 pellet gun, the department said in a tweet.

He fired at the deputies “somewhere between three and eight” times, Chief Navarre said.

The deputies fired “multiple” rounds, but it was unclear how many times the teen was hit.

None of the deputies were hurt during the altercation.

The Harris County Homicide Unit will investigate the incident.

Comments (57)
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dsmarine
dsmarine

Was this suicide by cop? I have a pellet gun like this and can sure tell the difference. Bad shoot in my opinion.

RunCop
RunCop

Sure you can dumbass

Letcopsdojob
Letcopsdojob

I mostly back the men in blue but my question is did this pellet gun go BANG.Never heard of one that did.It certainly looks real but they said he fired at them

Cookie9301
Cookie9301

Dead is what happens when you think you are a bad ass. Guess the stupid driver does not watch TV

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Well, either this was a suicide by cop or a massive step forward for the gene pool of humanity.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Shoot at a cop and do not be shocked when they shoot back.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Wonder if he was on meth and thought the cops were executioners or some other paranoid delusion that meth users suffer from ? Guess until details become available, we won't know. At least this shouldn't be a "ghetto lottery" case.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Really? Someone points a gun at you and you have to "determine" whether you hear it go BANG or not?? No siree.....point a gun at me and I would shoot back..no matter what. Not waiting for BANG or anything...my life is worth more than that..and so are the lives of comrades in BLUE!

NFPD103
NFPD103

Stupidity abounds, It's sad the officers had to be forced to take this action. The officers can only react to the suspect's action he chose to do what he did and suffered the results of that.

JBo
JBo

It makes no difference if the gun went "bang" or not other than if you hear the bad guy's gun go "bang"...you're already behind the curve. If a bad guy begins to point a firearm at me...people will hear several "bangs"...from my weapon. No where does it say the bad guy gets a free shot or I have to let the first bullet streak by my head.

Fubar66
Fubar66

Pretty sure this "Einstein" didn't take the cure to cancer to the grave with him. :-/

bronx163
bronx163

Sends a clear message.

You threaten to kill a cop or draw down on a cop you will die. Perp is dead and action speak loud and clear.

investigator
investigator

Good job!!

RPG156
RPG156

Clearly, the teen was troubled and this was a suicide by cop. He initiated it by passing the school bus in clear view of the deputy. He further provoked the shooting by forcing the deputy to defend his own life by using a realistic handgun.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Gosh, how stupid on the kid's part. It will never be known what he was thinking. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the kid and especially all the officers involved and their families.

JLo1
JLo1

Sounds like suicide by cop.

NomonK
NomonK

It's so sad that the officers were forced to take a life. It is never easy to deal with the issues these officers have ahead. My Gods peace and comfort be with you and the family of the deceased.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

In all fairness I find it very ironic that there are no riots in streets and calls for the cop to be drawn and quartered. Just goes to show what happens when the victim is a white male as opposed to a black one. How come white people don't protest and demand justice for the victim? I guess we need to get the:

NAAWP

National Association for the Advancement of White People Involved.

Simeron
Simeron

To paraphrase John Wayne, "Life's hard, its harder when you're stupid." but not for long it seems.

Nursenana
Nursenana

This is so sad. But did this boy have a death wish? Why did he have a gun in the car to begin with? So many questions. 😔

Proofwhenasked
Proofwhenasked

I can understand returning fire, I am confused when you return fire on a pellet gun, I could turn and back to the person firing he has perhaps 12 shots but after that he's out and you don't have to worry about being hit by a pellet

angeleyes
angeleyes

good shoot, glad it wasn't a real gun and any LEOs were hurt. Manufacturers need to make those stupid things look like play toys instead of real guns. Feel sorry for kid's family and friends, he made a huge decision and it cost him his life and now they are left to suffer for it.

Katarina
Katarina

@Proofwhenasked Did you even give your post any thought before just posting nonsense?

Againdays
Againdays

If it was an African American teen there would be riots.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

If you play stupid games you get stupid prizes

Rayb
Rayb

Sounds like suicide by cop..