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New charges for man who allegedly fired pistol from downtown Tyler building

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Joseph Mendoza. (Smith County Jail) Joseph Mendoza. (Smith County Jail)
Samuel Ortega. (Smith County Jail) Samuel Ortega. (Smith County Jail)
Mark Mendez. (Smith County Jail) Mark Mendez. (Smith County Jail)

An East Texas man who Tyler police say fired a pistol several times from the roof of a building in downtown Tyler is now facing additional charges.

The incident happened around 11:40 Thursday night at the Fair Foundation building, located at 121 S. Broadway Avenue. City of Tyler officials confirm they own the building.

Fortunately, police were in the area and heard the shots.

"We made contact with some construction workers that were working on the parking garage there at Broadway and Elm and they advised us that they had observed some subjects on top of the Fair building," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department.

Martin said using the description the workers had given them, police were able to locate 22-year-old Joseph Scott Mendoza within minutes. Martin said police pulled Mendoza over and searched his vehicle.

"We did locate a gun and realized he was the one that actually went up there and discharged the firearm. We didn't see any damage to anything. We had no one who actually saw them shooting at anyone, so the only charge we had at the time was discharging a firearm within the city limits, which is a class C misdemeanor; and then at the time he was stopped he was driving down the wrong side of the street so he was charged with a traffic violation as well," Martin explained.

Mendoza bonded out of jail shortly after his arrest, but just last week,  the Tyler Police Department added two additional charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and criminal trespassing with a deadly weapon. 

The new bonds total $3,000. Mendoza bonded out of jail roughly an hour after his arrest. 

Tyler police also arrested two other men they believe were with Mendoza at the time of this incident. 

Samuel Ortega, 22, and Mark Mendez, 21, are both charged with criminal trespassing and have bonded out of jail. 

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