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Sheriff’s Office: Bailiff Arrested for Shooting a Gun in the Direction of Several Houses on New Year’s Eve

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A county court bailiff has been charged with driving under the influence and lethal conduct, authorities said.

Armando Lozano Jr., 30, was arrested Sunday morning by Brownsville police on charges of drunk driving. He was arrested on charges of lethal conduct by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Cameron County Sheriff Eric Garza said in a press release.

According to authorities, Lozano was identified in a video posted on Facebook showing him “unloading a firearm in the direction of several apartment buildings.”

On Sunday, Brownsville Police Department officers responded to Block 100 of Kings Highway after a gray Toyota Camry stopped at a traffic light and the driver leaned over the steering wheel. Police found Lozano asleep in his car on the road, police said.

Lozano failed a field sobriety test and a breath sample showed his blood alcohol level was above 0.150, Brownsville police said in a statement.

On Monday morning, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that they were “aware of a video circulating on social media of a county court bailiff recklessly firing his weapon.”

The video, posted by an account called Armando Lozano, shows a man firing a pistol at an object in front of a fence that houses houses.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement that investigators located the house, which belonged to a member of the Lozano family. Investigators were able to determine that the proximity to other residences was about 42 yards in a straight line from where the shot was fired, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office learned that Lozano was arrested Sunday by Brownsville police and has issued a separate arrest warrant for him.

Armando Lozano admitted to CCSO investigators that on New Year’s Eve he celebrated New Year’s Eve and fired 4 rounds of handguns in the direction of several residential buildings.

According to the report, Lozano worked as a bailiff in the 445th district court.

“Although he is authorized by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, he and all bailiffs work and are under the supervision of county court judges and county court judges,” the sheriff’s office said.

Police said Lozano was arraigned on charges of driving under the influence and received $1,000 bail. According to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, he is awaiting arraignment on charges of lethal conduct.

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