6-year-old boy, suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting
SCHERTZ, Texas - A 6-year-old boy was killed when deputies opened fire on a woman at a mobile home park following a nearly two-hour manhunt. Authorities say the woman was a wanted felon and car-theft suspect who had tried breaking into a mobile home. The boy was inside the home.
Authorities were looking for a female suspect in her 30's in the area of Farm to Market 1518 and Schaefer Road after a vehicle was reported stolen just before 11 a.m.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said one of the deputies found the suspect in a closet who allegedly told him,"I have a weapon, I'm gonna shoot you." She fled on foot, while the officer pursued her into a wooden area. Salazar said the deputy lost sight of her, so the deputy called backup. The suspect was found crossing a river and officers pursued her in "water that was up to their chin."
Salazar said she was threatening harm to several witnesses, leading them to believe she was armed. Deputies later found the female suspect on a porch, trying to break into a house. She has several felony warrants in her name, Salazar said.
Salazar said the deputies fired and killed the woman at the scene because she placed them "in direct fear of their lives." There was no weapon found with the woman at the scene, and she doesn't appear to be armed, Salazar said. Officials are still conducting a search to find a weapon.
Salazar said one of the rounds also went into the house, striking a 6-year-old boy at least one time in the abdomen. Two adults believed to be related to the boy were also inside the house, he said.
"It's a tragedy, obviously," Salazar said.
Salazar said they are not sure who fired the shot that killed the little boy.
"We don't want to leave any stone unturned," Salazar. "We want everybody to have answers here. Right now, it's just too soon to tell."
Salazar said the woman had no apparent connection to the child or his family. The woman's name wasn't released.
WATCH: Sheriff Javier Salazar describes the exchange of gunfire that killed the suspect and a 6-year-old
Authorities said no deputies were injured in the shooting. Salazar said they were "pretty physically shaken up."
The manhunt prompted a lock down for Corbett Junior High School, with access in and out of the campus blocked. A tweet from the district said there was no "imminent threat" to the campus.