Officer on paid leave after firing weapon during vehicle-pursuit in Brownsville

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A Brownsville police officer is on paid administrative leave after firing his weapon towards a man's direction during a vehicle-pursuit Monday. 

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"At some point during that pursuit, shots were fired," Brownsville Public Information Officer Martin Sandoval said. "His actions caused the officer to react and fear for his safety. That's the only reason why an officer will discharge his firearm." 

According to police, the man had a weapon and was driving recklessly Monday while shooting his weapon in the air, prompting a five to 10-minute vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit ended in a car crash near 30th Street and Calle Milpa Verde.

An officer fired his weapon during the chase.

Police say the man has an injury in his lower back, but it is unclear if the wound is from direct contact from the bullet or if he was hit by the shrapnel.

The man is being treated at Valley Baptist Hospital.

Texas Rangers are now taking over the investigation.


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