DPS releases new details in shooting investigation of Inez boy

An official said a Jackson County deputy was not involved in the shooting of an Inez boy who was struck with a BB from an air-powered rifle last week at the deputy’s home in La Salle.

The deputy was off duty at the time of the incident, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Hunter Smith, 12, died Friday, according to the notification submitted to the Advocate by Rosewood Chapel Funeral Homes. He was shot by another youth.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday on the boy at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, San Miguel said.

The results are unknown because the examination has not been completed.

“This is an ongoing criminal investigation and upon its completion, the Texas Rangers will present their findings to the Jackson County District Attorney for prosecutorial review,” he said.

Kali Venable is a public safety reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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