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UPDATE: Man fatally shot after pointing gun at Tyler police officer

UPDATE: Man fatally shot after pointing gun at Tyler police officer
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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 9:57am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 10:40pm

UPDATE (10:50): More information has been released on the fatal shooting that happened just after midnight on Tuesday in Tyler.

It happened on the 600 block of East Queen St.

Tyler Police responded to a report of numerous gunshots in the area.

Officers located the house where the shots were coming from, and approached the house from the back.

As the shots continued, approaching officers saw muzzle flashes from the firings.

They noticed a man, later identified as Victor Fuentes, 22, with a handgun.

Tyler Police officers identified themselves and asked Fuentes to drop his firearm.

Fuentes refused, and was given multiple opportunities to disarm himself.

Officer Matt Riggle positioned himself at the back door, and continued to warn Fuentes to drop his weapon.

Instead, Fuentes turned his handgun to Riggle, forcing the officer to fire his patrol rifle several times.

Fuentes was shot and killed. A revolver was found on the floor nearby.

During their investigation, officers discovered clues that indicate there were gang associations with that particular house.

In addition to alcohol, there were more than 50 used firearm cartridge rounds near the back of the house, which indicated to officers that there was substantial gunfire before police arrived.

An autopsy has been ordered on Fuentes' body.

Officer Matt Riggle has been employed with the Tyler Police Department since 2008. He has been placed on administrative leave until further investigation can be completed.

Information provided by Tyler Police


UPDATE (9:50 am): Tyler Police tell KETK, a man was shot and killed during the incident this morning on Queen St.

It happened at 12:09 am on Tuesday.

Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department tells KETK, they received a call about numerous gunshots being fired in the area.

When police arrived, they found the house where the shots were coming from and approached the back of the house.

Officers saw some men run into the house, and Tyler officer Matt Riggle positioned at the doorway.

Officer Riggle warned the man to drop the gun, but he pointed it at the officer.

When the man aimed the gun his direction, Riggle fatally shot him.

The man who was killed was a 22 year old hispanic male. His name has not yet been released.

The man's father was in the house at the time, but no arrests have been made.

Officer Riggle was fortunately uninjured. The case is under investigation.


UPDATE (7:45am): KETK crews on scene say that the shooting appears to be fatal, though that information has not yet been confirmed by police.

According to police records, there was a "suspicious noise" in the area of Queen St. and Carlyle Ave. just before midnight.

There's no word if that call was related to the shooting.


ORIGINAL REPORT (7:20am): KETK has learned that a Tyler Police officer was involved in a shooting early Tuesday morning.

KETK crews are on the scene on Queen St. in Tyler.

Details are limited at this time, but this story is developing and more information is expected to be released later this morning.

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What a shame... The use of fire arms in our culture needs to stop... It is cutting short the lives of our people... PARENTS!!!! WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR KIDS??!!??!!

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