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The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting of a 12-year-old child who was severely injured by a pellet gun at a Jackson County deputy’s home.

Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback said he requested the Rangers investigation to promote transparency because it involved a member of his office. The child, he said, was shot by the 12-year-old son of a Jackson County deputy.

About 9:15 p.m. June 3, paramedics were called to the deputy’s home on County Road 325 near the community of La Salle, said James Sudik, EMS director for Jackson County Hospital District. After arriving, paramedics requested a helicopter to transport the severely injured child to a trauma unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Family members of the injured child did not respond to requests for comment.

The child’s condition was unavailable Monday.

Louderback said the public should be aware that many pellet guns are dangerous and capable of serious injury.

“These aren’t spring-powered, old-style Red Ryder BB guns. They are certainly more powerful,” the sheriff said, adding, “They can be lethal.”

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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