Deputy constable's gun discharges at school

Published On: Nov 29 2012 06:13:47 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 29 2012 06:29:48 PM CST

Nov. 29, 2012: An investigation is under way after a deputy's gun discharges at a high school in northeast Houston. Mary Benton reports.

HOUSTON -

An investigation was launched after a deputy constable's gun discharged at a high school in northeast Houston.

Harris County Precinct 3 officials said the incident happened in a resource office at C.E. King High School, 8540 C.E. King Parkway, about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

"He was in his office. He had just purchased a Glock 9mm. He said he went to remove it from his holster, lay it on his desk and the gun discharged," Constable Ken Jones said.

The deputy constable was identified as Alvino Alvarado, who serves as a resource officer at the school. He's a five-year veteran with a clean record, but he has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation and an examination of the gun, officials said.

"The weapon has been sent to a Glock expert to have it examined to see if there's a malfunction of the gun," Jones said. "Is that possible ot was it the way he was handling it? That I don't know. I don't know enough details."

No one was wounded and there was no damage to school property.

The school alerted parents after the incident.

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