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Texas Police Kill Armed Eighth Grader in School

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) -- A male 15-year-old student was shot and killed by Texas police Wednesday when he "brandished" a weapon in the main hallway of his school.

At around 8 a.m., school administrators from Cummings Middle School in Brownsville called 911 and the school went into lockdown.

The Brownsville Police Department responded immediately and "the student engaged the officers and was shot," according to a statement from the Brownsville Independent School District.

Kip V. Johnson Hodge, a spokeswoman from the office of Cameron County Justice of the Peace, told ABC News that the armed student was pronounced dead at the hospital after being transported by ambulance. An autopsy has been ordered and officials are awaiting the results.

No other students or employees were injured. The student's identity has not been disclosed.

Investigators searched the "entire school room by room," according to the statement. The lockdown was lifted approximately two hours later.

Students and employees from the school were relocated to the gym at Porter High School. Parents who wished to pick up their children were told to report to the school. Counselors were on hand to talk to students, parents and employees.

The Brownsville Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The school has approximately 750 students enrolled. Brownsville is in the southern tip of Texas, approximately 280 miles south of Austin.

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