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Aransas Pass ISD student shot, killed by Corpus Christi police after school threat, hit-and-run crash

Police confirmed Wednesday that the person who was shot by Corpus Christi police after fleeing a hit-and-run crash was the Aransas Pass ISD threat suspect.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Aransas Pass ISD student that caused campuses to be locked down Tuesday was shot and killed by Corpus Christi police after a hit-and-run crash near Crosstown Expressway and Trojan Drive, Aransas Pass police officials confirmed Wednesday. 

Aransas Pass ISD campuses went into a three-hour lockdown around 1 p.m. Tuesday while officers searched for a student that was seen with a gun on campus, police said. The student was being searched by officials when he fled the scene.

“We received a report of a student on the high school property that was armed with a firearm,” Police Chief Eric Blanchard said. “Now, he wasn’t using it, didn’t shoot it, didn’t hurt nobody but was supposedly carrying a weapon.” 

Officers issued a "be on the lookout" warning to surrounding areas while searching for the student.

Then, just before 3 p.m., Corpus Christi officers responded to a major crash on Crosstown near Trojan Dr. The person who caused the crash, which is now known to be the Aransas Pass ISD suspect, fled the scene on foot after firing a gun towards officers, officials said. 

Eventually officers were able to locate a person matching the suspect's description near Moody High School, which went on lockdown because of the situation. CCPD investigators said the suspect was aiming a gun toward the campus when officers put themselves in between the campus and the suspect to "prevent loss of life."

The suspect was eventually caught on the 1700 block of Hickory where he again pulled a gun on officers, forcing officers to use deadly force, investigators said.

The student was shot and rushed to an area hospital. Corpus Christi police later provided an update on social media that the suspect had died from his injuries.

"Anytime an officer must use deadly force it is tragic, it is even more unsettling that a troubled young man with a gun placed an officer in a position that forced him to discharge his firearm," a statement from CCPD said. "Through our investigation, we believe officers did everything they could to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution."

Officers found a gun they said belonged to the suspect at the scene. 

An update to yesterdays emergency event at the high school. By all accounts, the suspect in our case is the same...

Posted by Aransas Pass Police Department on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Aransas Pass PD and Corpus Christi PD are working together on this investigation. 

"The event is tragic for all parties involved, including several of our parents, staff and students, and we will continue to work to find answers as to why and how a youth would resort to such a state in life," a statement from Aransas Pass PD said. 

Update: The suspect has succumbed to his injuries. Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 2:50 P.M. Location: 1700 Block of Hickory Place Offense: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer Case Number: 2111020093 At approximately 2:50 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, officers were dispatched to a major traffic accident on the 4600 block of HWY 286. Updates to the call provided that a vehicle driving the wrong caused a head on collision and the driver fled from the scene on foot. Officers arrived on scene at approximately 2:52 PM and immediately provided a suspect description to officers in the area. Officers began searching the surrounding neighborhoods and located a suspect matching the description provided. At some point the suspect produced a weapon, discharging it in the neighborhood and then fled from officers on foot. A foot pursuit ensued; officers surrounded the suspect who then produced a handgun at which point an officer discharged his weapon striking the suspect. The suspect was provided immediate medical attention and transported to a local hospital. We can confirm that the handgun produced by the suspect was located on scene. The Corpus Christi Police Officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy. This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=

Posted by Corpus Christi Police Department on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Details are still limited as the investigation is ongoing. 

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