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POSTED: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 11:10am

Tyler police responded to a shooting on Queen St. just after midnight following reports of gunshots. When officers got to the scene, they went to the back of the house where the alleged bullets flew.

Don Martin, Public Information Officer tells KETK, "As they approached the back of the residence, they saw several muzzle fires coming from guns."

One of the suspects was 22-year old Victor Fuentes, a Hispanic male. Police say Fuentes had a gun in his hand and was ordered to drop the weapon.

"He did not drop his gun, again the officer repeated telling him to drop his gun. The weapon was actually pointed at the officer and he returned fire," said Martin.

Tyler police tell KETK officer Riggle shot Fuentes with his patrol rifle several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene by justice of the peace.

"There were numerous shell casings, cartridge casings, from weapons that were fired there," said Martin.

He also says Fuentes' father, along with alcohol, were found in the house at the time of the shooting.

It is believed the gunman had ties to a gang.  The victim's body has been sent for autopsy to Southwest Forensics in Dallas.

No officers were hurt during the incident.

 

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We need to stop attacking one another and look at the bigger picture. Latin Girl is right in that 'her culture' must look at itself and address the illegal use of firearms.
WE ALL NEED to address personal responsibility issues. We talk of rights and never of responsibility.
In the end, we either have the right to have guns or we don't. That boils down to whether we believe in the Constitution or we don't any longer. I fear we have reached a point where we believe the government knows best.

I Totally agree with Deaf Smith..

What are YOU talking about?! 0.o and Ah... No I didnt swim to America.... lol... If you notice I specifically said 'illegal use of fire arms' and when I said 'our culture' I meant the Latin culture... You call my talk anti-constitutional?... I call yours racist and full of stereo types..

They were not 'illegal' firearms but the young man used them in illeal ways. BIG DIFFERENCE.

I own several good guns but I sure don't go around shooting them in the air endangering folk and then pointing them at the police. AND THAT IS WHAT HE DID. Yes he got shot... they had no choice once he started pointing the guns at them.

What a shame! .. The use of illegal fire arms in our culture needs to STOP!... It is cutting short the lives of our people!! PARENTS!! WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN??!! The lack of respect for the authority is only hurting us!!

Go back to Latino world with your anti-constitutional talk. Our right to bear arms came before you or whoever swam here to protest what you don't like about America. I'm all about free speech but when you're part of an invasion which has swamped this nation with economic hardship then, you'd better hold your tongue when you think it's ok to tell Americans not to hold their gun.

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