- - Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Officials: Armed boy killed by police in school

BROWNSVILLE — Police fatally shot an armed eighth-grader who “engaged” officers in the main hallway of his middle school Wednesday, the Brownsville Independent School District said.

School district officials said administrators immediately called police after the student brandished a weapon about 8 a.m., shortly after classes started at Cummings Middle School. When police arrived, the student “engaged” the officers and was shot, district spokeswoman Drue Brown said.

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge pronounced the student dead at a hospital and has ordered an autopsy, said court coordinator Israel Tapia.

The school, with an enrollment of about 750 students, was placed on lockdown when administrators called police, and no one else was injured, Miss Brown said.


German man charged in LA arsons

LOS ANGELES — A German man has been charged with arson in connection with a rash of fires set in Los Angeles over the New Year’s weekend.

Los Angeles prosecutors filed dozens of counts Wednesday against Harry Burkhart, 24.

Mr. Burkhart is suspected of setting more than 50 arson blazes that caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

Authorities said they think he was angry over his mother’s legal troubles and went on a nighttime rampage of burning parked cars a day after she appeared in court last week.

Mr. Burkhart has been put on suicide watch, a law enforcement official said Wednesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of privacy issues.


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