BPD asks AG whether it can withhold officer-involved shooting report

The Brownsville Police Department is asking the Texas Attorney General’s Office to determine whether it has to release police reports generated after a March 1 officer-involved shooting.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting that happened on the 100 block of Clara Bennett Dr. after police responded to a call of an aggravated assault.

Police said 24-year-old Chantal Gasca pointed a pistol at officers while holding a knife before Officers Gonzalo Rubio and Edna Mata shot in her direction after she didn’t obey several commands to drop the pistol, the BPD said in a press release.

Both Mata and Rubio have been placed on administrative leave, per departmental policy, pending the results of the Texas Rangers’ investigation.

Gasca is stable, but remains hospitalized, Brownsville Police Department Spokeswoman Melissa Gonzalez said.

Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lt. Johnny Hernandez did not respond to questions asking where Gasca was shot or how many times she was shot.

Hernandez only said the case remains under investigation in response to questions from the newspaper about Gasca’s wound or wounds.

After the shooting, The Brownsville Herald filed a Texas Public Information Act request seeking police reports and law enforcement narratives from the incident.

On Monday, the police department submitted a brief to the Texas Attorney General’s Office requesting an opinion on whether it must disclose those documents.

“The requested report is under investigation,” BPD Administrative Supervisor Yessenia Gonzalez said in a letter to the newspaper. “The materials responsive to your inquiry relate to an ongoing criminal investigation and disclosure would presumptively interfere with said detection and investigation.”