6-year-old Kameron Prescot was fatally shot by police on Thursday after Bexar County Deputies opened fire on woman they were chasing at a trailer park 30 minutes outside San Antonio.
One of the bullets went through the wall of the boy's mobile home and struck him in the abdomen. He was later pronounced dead at University Hospital.
The woman, 30-year-old Amanda Lenee Jones, was also killed.
Maria Morales, counselor at Wiederstein Elementary School, described the first grader as a kind soul in a statement released by the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District.
“Kameron was a ball of energy, happy, smart and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He also had a great sense of humor and caring heart. He’ll be truly missed by his classmates, teachers and staff.
During a news conference Thursday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said officers John Aguillon (27 service years), George Herrera (16 years), Jesse Arias (seven years) and reserve deputy Johnny Longoria (two years) were involved in the shooting.
He claims the deputies fired at Jones because they were in "in direct fear of their lives" after Jones allegedly told one of the deputies "I have a weapon, I'm gonna shoot you."
He stated that at some point, Jones stepped out onto the porch of the home, where she was confronted by five deputies. He said the deputies saw her holding something in her hand which they believed was a weapon.
Officials are still searching for a handgun, but both families say they're skeptical of the officers story.
In an exclusive interview with our affiliate WOIA, Jones' family said they don't believe Jones’ had a gun during the incident.
The boy's uncle told Ken 5 News he wanted the police department to be held accountable for his nephews death.
"If it is the police, we hope that you hold your people accountable," he said. "I am sorry that it comes to this, but y'all are people just like us at the end of the day. Y'all deserve to be held accountable. It is a Constitutional right. Y'all just killed a little boy, if it was y'all. There's no weapon, so it wasn't that lady."
Salazar said investigators found a dark "tubular" object with blood on it below the desk of the home and stated it's likely that she had the object in her hand before the shooting.
“She said, I'm naked. I'm scared and I'm running in boxers and my bra. I think they are (going to) get me."
Jones’ mother, Renee Jones, offered her thoughts to the Prescott family.
“She didn't deserve to die, neither did that boy,” she said. “Our condolences in our hearts to them because he was young (and) he had his whole life ahead of him."
Jones' girlfriend, Jessica, said she spoke to her right before she was shot and killed. “She said, I'm naked. I'm scared and I'm running in boxers and my bra. I think they are (going to) get me. I have to go, I love you."