Pharr police shoot teen wielding BB gun

Pharr PD investigators at the scene of a shooting off of Fir Street near business 83 on Thursday, August, 13, 2020 in Pharr. Photo by Delcia Lopez/The Monitor |

Pharr police shot a 17-year-old male early Thursday morning after responding to a call of a disturbance at 25 N. Fir St. at around 3 a.m.

According to police, his parents called 9-1-1 saying he was behaving aggressively after he came home and appeared to be intoxicated.

“Officers arrived, the subject exited the apartment with an unknown type rifle,” Pharr police said in a statement. “Officers gave verbal commands and then fired, striking the subject at least once in the abdomen. Subject was transported to McAllen Medical and appeared to be in stable condition.”

Early investigation shows the weapon was a BB gun.

Pharr said no officers were injured.

“The Texas Rangers will be taking the lead for this,” police said in the statement.

Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Christopher Olivarez also confirmed the Rangers were investigating.

“Texas Rangers are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place earlier this morning in the city of Pharr,” Olivarez said. “Officers responded to a disturbance at an apartment complex on North Fir Street near the Thomas Jefferson Early College High School. An 18-year-old male suspect was shot after he confronted officers with a weapon. The suspect was transported to McAllen Medical Center. The investigation is ongoing.”