The Uvalde Police Department (PD) recently concluded investigations into two separate incidents involving a stolen firearm, leading to charges for two juveniles.
On Wednesday, Nov 8, 2023, at approximately 8:05 pm, Uvalde PD and Uvalde Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a call in the 400 block of Encino Drive. The incident involved a juvenile with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand. The injured juvenile was promptly transported via ambulance to University Hospital, where medical professionals treated the non-life-threatening injury. The Uvalde PD's Criminal Investigation Division took charge of the case and successfully recovered the firearm.
Four days later, on Sunday, Nov 12, 2023, the Uvalde PD received a report regarding a stolen firearm from an unsecured vehicle in the 700 block of Brook Street. The firearm's owner indicated that the incident occurred on the same Wednesday, Nov 8, 2023, and was able to provide surveillance footage of the theft. Further investigation revealed that the firearm recovered from the earlier incident on Encino Drive was the same one stolen from Brook Street. Additionally, it was uncovered that a second juvenile was responsible for the burglary of the vehicle and the theft of the firearm.
As a result, the juvenile who suffered the self-inflicted gunshot wound will face charges of possession of a stolen firearm, classified as a State Jail Felony. The second juvenile involved in the burglary and theft will be charged accordingly with burglary of a motor vehicle and theft of a firearm.