Visalia Police Logs
Sunday July 17
At 1:54 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Houston Avenue regarding the shots fired in the area. When officers arrived at the scene, they observed 30-year-old Gabriel Alaniz running north across Houston Avenue towards Garden Street. It was then that Alaniz fired several rounds from a handgun in a northerly direction. He then disobeyed officers’ orders and ran back to a residence on the south side of Houston Avenue. Officers established a perimeter around the residence and began making announcements within the residence for occupants to exit. Luis Viera, 31, was contacted on the front porch and reportedly not complying with officers’ orders. Shortly after, the occupants of the residence obeyed and started to leave the residence. Officers were able to arrest the two suspects without incident. Officers located a firearm in the area where Alaniz was observed firing the weapon. No one was injured in this incident. Alaniz was arrested for careless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm not registered in his name, and resisting arrest. Viera was arrested for unrelated warrants and for delaying an investigation. Both individuals were booked into the Tulare County Adult Remand Center.
At approximately 11:51 p.m., officers responded to the Demaree Street and Walnut Avenue area to a report of a shooting at a moving vehicle. The dispatcher received reports that the front window on the driver’s side of a vehicle had been knocked down while traveling south on the 1800 block of Demaree Street South. An officer responding to the victim’s location was also shot through the rear passenger window of his patrol vehicle as he drove past the same location. Additional agents responded and began surveying the area. Officers determined the shots originated from a residence in the 1800 block of Demaree Street South. Officers contacted a young man at the residence who was in possession of two pellet guns. The minor was taken into custody and transported to Tulare County Juvenile Detention Center. The young man was convicted of negligent discharge of a pellet gun and vandalism. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.