"Verbal altercation" results in arrest at park after Copperas Cove fireworks show
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Copperas Cove police arrested a man at Copperas Cove City Park on Tuesday evening after the fireworks show.
According to Lt. Krystal Baker with the Copperas Cove Police Department, Juan Victor Flores was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct – discharge/display firearm.
“There was an incident that occurred at the City Park after the 4th of July festivities ended. There was a verbal altercation between two parties while leaving the park area and a weapon was displayed. Officers working the event were made aware of the incident and it was handled very quickly,” Lt. Baker stated in an email on Wednesday morning. “The weapon was not discharged, however, the individual was arrested. He was identified as Juan Victor Flores. He will be arraigned later today.”
Lt. Baker said that Flores was issued a $3,000 surety bond in connection with the incident.
According to the Texas Penal Code, the charge of disorderly conduct – discharge/display firearm is a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
As far as calls for the illegal use of fireworks within the city, Lt. Baker said there were 34 calls related to the use of fireworks on July 4.
According to Fire Chief Gary Young, the department received zero calls regarding fireworks, with no fireworks-related fires reported within the city during the July 4th time period.