Teen accused in Santa Fe shooting taken into federal custody

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Mugshot

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The teen accused of spraying bullets in a Texas high school in May 2018, leaving 10 dead and 13 injured, has been taken into federal custody, according to a report by the NBC affiliate in Houston. 

Federal officials arrived at the Galveston County Jail Monday to take Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, into custody. The teen’s attorney told KPRC in Houston he will be facing federal charges, though it is unclear what those charges are. There will be a 1 p.m. hearing for Pagourtzis. 

The teen is accused of open firing at Santa Fe High School in 2018 making it the deadliest school shooting after the massacre at a Florida high school just a few months before. Pagourtzis allegedly had a shotgun, pistol and explosive devices on him when he carried out the attack. 

In March, federal prosecutors said they would not pursue charges against the 18-year-old who faces state capital murder charges. If convicted in state court, Pagourtzis could be sentenced to life in prison but would have the possibility of parole after 40 years because he was a minor at the time of the massacre.

Since the shooting, Texas lawmakers have taken a serious look at school safety and the topic has been one of the focal points of this legislative session. Friendswood Republican Sen. Larry Taylor authored Senate Bill 11 with the aim of improving security and safety on Texas campuses. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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