POSTED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 4:34pm
PASADENA, TX (NBC) — A Pasadena Independent School District officer shot a 14-year-old burglary suspect outside a school Tuesday.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. at Miller Intermediate School on Fairmont Parkway near Fox Meadow Lane.
According to detectives, the eighth-grade student set off the fire alarm when he broke into a portable building.
"When (the officer) got here, he heard someone in one of our portable buildings in the back of the school and called for backup," said Kirk Lewis, Pasadena ISD superintendent.
Police said there was a confrontation between the teenager and the officer.
"Before backup arrived, the suspect came out of the building. The officer confronted the suspect at that point and a single shot was fired," said Lewis.
The officer shot the student in the chest, officials said. The boy was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
Lewis said the suspect is a student at Miller Intermediate.
The superintendent said no weapon was found on the teen. Stolen items were found in the teen's backpack, according to authorities.
The superintendent said the portable classroom was filled with electronics and that the building had been broken into before.
The officer was placed on administrative leave during the investigation. He is six-year veteran of the department, but he has 17 years of experience in law enforcement.