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Dec 6, 2012 12:01 PM by NBC News

Teen hid gun from police during search; shot himself in patrol car

(KPRC) A handcuffed Houston, Texas high school student shot himself while he was in the back of a police car on Wednesday, detectives said.

Galena Park Independent School District officials said a student took a gun to North Shore Senior High School, 353 Castlegory.

School district officials said a deputy constable on campus got a report that a student at the school planned to hurt himself.

Officials said the student was found in a restroom and he appeared to be mentally unstable. It took two deputy constables to get the student out of the restroom and he was then taken into custody for his safety. An ambulance was called out to the school.

A Harris County Precinct 3 deputy constable searched, handcuffed and placed the student in the back of a patrol car, officials said.

The student had a gun concealed beneath his shirt that was not found during the search, officials said. While being driven to the ambulance, the student retrieved that gun and shot himself in the back of the head, investigators said.

"When dealing with searches, what you're looking for most often are weapons. You have big weapons and small weapons. Bigger weapons are easier to find," said Thomas Nixon, an attorney and former police officer.

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