Police Kill Texas Man Who Refused To Drop Handgun

TYLER (January 1, 2013)—A Tyler officer shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at him as police responded to a New Year’s Eve report of numerous gunshots at a home, authorities said.

When police responded around midnight on New Year's Eve, they heard gunshots coming from behind the home and saw a man with a weapon, authorities said.

The officers identified themselves and told the man to drop the weapon, but he did not do as instructed and went into the home.

Officer Matt Riggle then moved to the back door, continuing to tell Victor Fuentes, 22, to drop the weapon, police said.

When Fuentes pointed a handgun at him, Riggle fired his rifle several times, striking Fuentes, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A revolver was found on the floor next to Fuentes’ body.