Officer accused of firing weapon in downtown Fort Worth, resigns

Posted Tuesday, May. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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An Abilene police officer resigned Tuesday, one day after he was arrested in Fort Worth on accusations that he fired a gun downtown while intoxicated.

Cory Ray Valencia had been with the Abilene Police Department for about 15 months and was still a probationary officer, said Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge.

A Fort Worth police officer had been working off-duty for City Center Security about 2:10 a.m. Monday when he heard a single gunshot nearby, according to Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman.

The officer detained Valencia, 24, after seeing the man running from the area where the gunshot was fired.

Police say Valencia had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

“He also appeared to be highly intoxicated and was a danger to himself and others,” Peel said.

Police found a gun on Valencia. He was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, and discharging a firearm in a municipality, a Class A misdemeanor.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655; Twitter: @deannaboyd

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