Boy (6) killed by stray police bullet days before Christmas
A six-year-old boy has died after being hit by a stray police bullet in Texas just days before Christmas.
Kameron Prescott was struck in the abdomen when the bullet came through the wall of his grandfather’s trailer home, in San Antonio, as officers opened fire on a woman they were pursuing.
Local police said the suspect, Amanda Jones, who was killed in the shooting, had pulled a gun on them in an earlier incident, although was later found to be unarmed at the trailer.
Jones (30) is thought to have been attempting to break into the trailer where Kameron was staying in a bid to evade law enforcement.
Bexar County police described the death as a “tragic accident” as Kameron’s grieving family called for someone to be “held accountable”.
Christopher Gonzales, Kameron’s uncle, told KENS 5: “If it is the police, we hope that you hold your people accountable. 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.”
Bexar County Sheriff, Javier Salazar, said in the lead-up to the shooting on December 22, deputies had responded to a call from a man reporting his car stolen.
He said officers found Jones hiding in the closet of a home where she pulled a gun before fleeing on foot. She then swam across a creek before running into a wooded area next to the trailer park where Kameron was.
Mr Salazar said Jones tried to break into several homes at the trailer park before she came to the trailer of Kameron’s grandfather.
Officers confronted Jones after she had forced her way into the porch of the trailer and opened fire believing she was holding a firearm, according to the sheriff.
Jones was later found to be unarmed but carrying a dark pipe. The four deputies involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave for five days.
Following the shooting, Kameron was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
Speaking at a news conference, Mr Salazar said: “In my opinion it's a tragic accident that led to the death of this young man. We are looking into all of it. Internal Affairs is still investigating it.
“But again, preliminarily it appears that policies and procedures were complied with. The deputies are of course understandably shaken up from this whole incident. Officer-involved shootings are traumatic enough. Add to this one the death of an innocent six-year-old and it's that much more troubling.”
In the wake of the schoolboy's death a GoFundMe page has been set up, which has raised $14,000 (£10,000) to help the Prescott family with funeral costs.
Speaking of the family’s grief, Mr Gonzales said: “It is shocking really. It hasn't even hit us to the full extent yet.”
He said his nephew would not normally have been at the trailer but had been visiting his grandfather as it was the Christmas break.
Mr Gonzales added: “He was saying to his grandpa that he didn't want to be there. 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.”