Tyler police caution against "celebratory gunfire"

Tyler police caution against "celebratory gunfire"

Police are warning people not to fire guns into the air as part of their New Years Eve celebrations.

Last year a Tyler police officer shot and killed Victor Fuentes while investigating a shots-fired complaint shortly after midnight on January 1.

"It may be the custom in other countries, in Mexico or wherever, but it's against the law here," Tyler Police Officer Don Martin said.

Any firing of a gun is illegal inside the Tyler city limits.

"A projectile being fired in the air, it's going to come down," Martin said. "And it comes down somewhere. It would be terrible for it to come down into a house or someone walking down be the street got hit by a stray bullet from the air."

Martin said there have been cases in other cities of people being killed by falling bullets.

Fuentes' family is in the process of suing the City of Tyler and the Tyler Police Department over Fuentes' alleged wrongful death.

Neither side had any comment on the pending litigation.


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