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HARRIS COUNTY — On Nov. 19, 2018, 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.
Centeno attempted to evade a deputy who 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 it 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.
The incident remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of Jose Luis Centeno’s weapon, which was a replica air gun powered by a carbon-dioxide canister. (Photo courtesy HCSO)

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