Schertz, TX – A six-year-old boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a stray bullet during an officer-involved shooting.
Kameron Prescott was accidentally killed following a lengthy manhunt for a suspected car thief on Dec. 21, according to KSAT.
The incident began when Bexar County deputies responded about 11 a.m. to a call for a woman who was believed to have stolen a car in Schertz.
Police said that when they confronted the suspect, the woman claimed to have a gun and threatened to shoot them.
“The suspect indicated to the deputies, ‘I have a weapon, I’m going to shoot you.’ At that point, she actually brandished the weapon toward the deputy,” Sheriff Salazar said at a Thursday evening press conference.
The suspect fled into the woods, Sheriff Salazar said, and the officers gave chase.
Police tracked her to the Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park off FM 78 in Schertz, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
“At one point, the suspect actually crossed a creek that was there. Two of the K-9 deputies also crossed that creek, also on foot with their dogs,” the sheriff said.
Sheriff Salazar said that a police helicopter was assisting with the chase, saw the woman who was fleeing, and said that personnel on the helicopter described seeing the woman reaching for her waist as if she had a weapon, according to ABC News.
Deputies eventually opened fire on the woman, who was trying to break into the trailer where six-year-old Kameron lived.
The suspect refused to surrender, and was fatally shot while she stood on the porch of the trailer, according to FOX News.
The boy was sitting inside the trailer, and he was struck in the abdomen by a stray bullet that pierced the wall from the outside. He was rushed to University Hospital where he died, police said.
The suspect died at the scene. Her name has not been released, but police said she was known to officers and had outstanding warrants.
The sheriff said they have not yet determined who fired the bullet that killed the child.
Sheriff Salazar said the deputies involved in the shooting have between two and 27 years of experience on the department, and said they were “pretty shaken up.”
“I can definitively tell you that myself and the deputies involved, not a single one of us who wouldn’t trade places with this child if we could,” Sheriff Salazar said.
“We don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” he said. “We want everybody to have answers here. Right now, it’s just too soon to tell.”
Police have not yet found the suspect’s weapon, but said the woman was a known felon, and investigators continued to look for her weapon on Friday. They asked anyone who finds it not to touch it, and to stay near it and call the Sheriff’s Office.
Kameron attended Weiderstein Elementary in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, according to school district spokesman Ed Suarez.
He said he expects extra counselors will be on hand when school resumes in early January.