Gunfire in Centennial leads to arrest, police say
Police say they've arrested a man who was firing a gun into the air on Saturday night in the Centennial neighborhood.
Emanuel Venegas-Vazquez, 28, is facing charges for unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as well as first-degree theft by receiving, menacing and domestic violence menacing, according to a news release.
Police say callers first reported hearing gunfire around 11:21 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 near the corner of Southeast 143rd Avenue and Division Street.
As East Precinct officers rushed to the scene, a watchful citizen told 9-1-1 that the person firing the gun was inside a red 1998 Dodge Dakota truck.
After the shooting ended, the caller described seeing the motorist park just a block away inside the Rollin' Wheels Mobile Home Park, located at 14222 Southeast Division Street.
"Officers arrived in the area and located the truck and suspect inside the truck," a police spokesman wrote. "Arriving officers devised a plan to safely contact the reportedly armed suspect."
Police say they arrested Venegas-Vazquez without incident, and seized as evidence a Browning 9mm handgun and an AK-47.
Police say they found evidence of gunfire on Division Street but no bullet holes, injuries or other property damage.
Venegas-Vazquez has been released on bail, according to jail records.