Update:Texas student shoots himself while in police custody

Cop Car
Posted at 6:07 PM, Dec 05, 2012

Update 12/06/12 6:22 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP)--  Authorities say deputies did not conduct a complete search of a Houston-area high school student who had threatened to hurt himself, and failed to find a hidden gun he used to shoot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

Capt. Jon Moore with the Harris County Precinct 3 constable's office said Thursday a full search wasn't done because the 17-year-old student had not been arrested and was only detained so authorities could get him help.

Moore says preliminary results from an internal affairs investigation indicate deputies did not appear to have violated any policies or procedures.

Deputies had detained the student Wednesday after he had texted a friend saying he wanted to hurt himself.

The unidentified student remained in intensive care at a Houston hospital Thursday.


HOUSTON (AP)-- A school district spokesman says a high school student who shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car after being taking into custody at his Houston-area campus had told a friend he might hurt himself.

Police say they're investigating how the gun the student shot himself with wasn't found before he was put in the vehicle Wednesday.

Galena Park school district spokesman Jonathan Frey says deputies picked up the 17-year-old Wednesday morning after he'd texted a friend that he wanted to hurt himself.

The student was detained, handcuffed and placed in the back of the car. But Frey says the student retrieved a "hidden gun" and shot himself.

The unidentified student was conscious when taken to a hospital and was in critical but stable condition Wednesday evening.