Police Release More Details in North Tyler Apartment Shooting

A Tyler officer and two civilians injured in a Thursday shoot-out are faring better.

As of Friday, Officer Kenneth Gardner's condition had improved from serious to fair. A man shot in the hand, Otis Howland, Jr., was upgraded to good condition. Meanwhile, 16 year old Moesha Franklin, who was shot in the leg has been treated and released.

Tyler Police released more information on the man killed in the shooting Friday. Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle says 25 year old Terance Raibon fired the first shot.

Swindle says Kenneth Gardner and a team of bicycle officers noticed Terence Raibon, a repeat drug offender, walking across the complex with a beer can in hand.

Chief Swindle says when officers confronted Raibon, he walked away and began to draw a gun. Investigators say Raibon then fired the first shot, striking officer Gardner in the shoulder. Gardner was wearing a bullet proof vest, but the bullet struck his shoulder and punctured his lung, says Swindle.

Gardner's partner fired off shots while running away from Raibon, according to police.

Two more bicycle officers confronted Raibon on the other side of the complex and fired the fatal; shots that killed him.

Many people in the community believed officers fired the first shot. Chief Swindle responded to those concerns Friday.

"We have had witnesses, not our officers, but witnesses living in that complex that were interviewed last night," says Swindle. "We took statements that confirmed witnesses had seen this individual, Terance Raibon fire at the officer."

Tyler Police say Raibon was a known drug offender. He's been arrested 26 times in the last seven years on numerous drug and weapon charges. The most recent drug charge came down three weeks ago.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.