Hernandez died from bullet fragment, sheriff says

Staff Writer

Bullet fragments from an accidental discharge of a stolen weapon are believed to have caused the death of a 12-year-old Big Spring boy.
Jose Hernandez was taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center last Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at approximately 7:50 p.m with what was described as a gunshot wound, according to a information release from the Howard County Sheriff's Office last week.
At a press conference held this (May 16, 2017) afternoon, Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said following the investigation the cause of death was found to be a bullet fragment that hit Hernandez in the chest while he and two other individuals were unloading weapons that had been reported stolen.
“We discovered at the time of the shooting, two people from Big Spring had actually broken into a residence in another county south of San Angelo, and in that burglary they took a lot of household items as well as 28 guns,” said Parker. “When they brought those guns back into Big Spring they picked up Jose Hernandez and they went to a residence north of town and began unloading them.”
According to Parker, it was at this time that a gun went off sending a bullet through the tailgate of the pickup that didn't hit anyone directly but fragments from the bullet and truck hit two people, one of them being Hernandez.
The two other individuals will be charged for burglary in the county where the break-in occurred. Other charges may be forthcoming next week, Parker said.