NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released video of the Oct. 31, 2018, officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Jose Luis Centeno Jr., 17. The video was released to Covering Katy News and other media outlets on Monday morning.
The video shows Centeno attempted to evade a deputy. The deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop after observing Centeno’s vehicle fail to stop for a school bus that was unloading students in the 7600 block of Spring Cypress Road. After a brief pursuit, Centeno’s vehicle became stuck in a ditch in the 14800 block of Stuebner Airline Road.
As deputies approached his vehicle on foot. Centeno disregarded the deputies’ verbal commands, then raised a handgun and fired in the deputies’ direction from the driver’s seat. Five deputies then returned fire, fatally wounding Centeno.
It was later determined that Centeno’s weapon was a replica air gun powered by a carbon-dioxide canister. See photo of the gun below.
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The incident remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs.