A New Year’s Eve celebration turned deadly in Arlington, Texas, as a woman was killed by a gunshot reportedly fired from her boyfriend’s gun.
WFAA reports that the gunshot exploded as the boyfriend tried to fire celebratory shots into the air.
Investigators said the woman, identified by Arlington Police as Blanca Guerra, was with her boyfriend, Mario alanis, as he tried to shoot his gun skyward to ring New Year’s Eve in the neighborhood.
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Alanis, 34, allegedly threw her gun to the ground after it failed to explode. As he attempted to reload, the pistol apparently exploded, pointed in the direction of Guerra, 39. KDFW reports that they were in the yard of the residence and that the bullet hit her in the head.
Police responded to the incident at 12:25 a.m. to find Guerra’s corpse on the back porch, WFAA reports. Police lieutenant Christophe Cook said Alanis was not at the scene when authorities arrived. He explained that Guerra’s sister informed authorities that Alanis had called her after the incident, telling her that he and Guerra “went into the backyard, they were going to shoot a gun to celebrate. , and the gun accidentally exploded and hit my sister. “
“Looks like they were, again, going to try and celebrate the New Year somehow with the gun, and something terrible went wrong,” Cook said.
Later Friday, police confirmed Alanis had been arrested in South Arlington and incarcerated. He faces manslaughter charges.
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Guerra’s death was one of many shootings reported by WFAA which performed in Arlington on New Years Day. One features an anonymous woman who was shot in the leg, also by her boyfriend. Another incident was the death of a four year old boy, Messiah Taplin, who was also reportedly shot in the head by accidental gunfire.
“I never remember a New Years Eve like this,” Cook told the outlet. “You will always be running fireworks calls. You are going to run a few shots. But generally what concerns us are cases of manslaughter by poisoning and fatal accidents. ”
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