ALBANY, Ga. -- Despite warnings from the Albany Police Department, there were multiple reports of people firing guns into the air in celebration of 2013's arrival.
One such incident proved to be a close call for an APD officer.
Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said that there were about 21 calls regarding people discharging their firearms throughout the city just after midnight on Tuesday. The first incident report for the year concerned one such case that occurred at the APD west district building on Dawson Road.
According to reports, Officer Robert Riddle was standing next to his assigned patrol car at 12:07 a.m. in the parking lot of the building when a stray bullet fell from the sky and struck the windshield of the vehicle.
The bullet that was recovered on the ground next to the vehicle made a small nick in the glass near the rearview mirror. It was identified as a small caliber round, reports on the incident show.
Riddle was not injured as a result of the incident, and there were no suspects as of the filing of the report, Banks said.
This is a practice that has been discouraged by law enforcement not only because it is illegal, but because the bullets falling down from the sky poses a threat to others.