Tyler officer had no choice but to shoot
POSTED: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 11:10am
Tyler, TX — 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.