Firing gun nets student flat tires and jail time

MAEGAN MITCHELL
Senior Writer

A KC student was arrested after multiple gun shots were reported west of campus on Tuesday night.

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Kevin Phillip Simon, Kountze freshman was arrested for firing a gun Tuesday night.

Around 10:15 p.m., officers responded after a caller reported hearing gunshots near Houston Street and U.S. Hwy. 259.

Officers began looking the possible shooter who the caller said was driving a white Dodge dually.

The caller initially told Kilgore police dispatcher Chanele Schulze that the white Dodge dually was chasing another pickup, but officers soon determined this was incorrect.

KC police officer Charlie Horton responded via radio he also had heard the shots just west of campus.

KC students Kevin Philip Simon, Kountze freshman, and Caleb Kuntzman, Van sophomore, were found by Kilgore Police Corp. Andre Phillips in the truck at Whataburger on Hwy. 259 with two flat tires.

“Simon had decided to let off some steam after a breakup with his girlfriend by shooting off rounds into the air near the traffic circle,” KPD Assistant Chief Roman Roberson said.

Phillips found a Taurus 9mm Pro Series pistol while searching the truck.

Another KPD patrol unit was out by the railroad tracks around 11:35 p.m. and searched for and found shell casings.

Simon admitted to shooting the gun. He was charged with discharging a firearm inside the city limits and was arrested on site. He was transported to the Kilgore Municipal Court Jail.

“Officers didn’t arrest [Kuntzman] because he wasn’t the one firing the gun,” KC Police Chief Heath Cariker said. “He was just the driver.”

Though KPD was the arresting agency, KCPD was also there because the suspects were KC students.

Due to the fact that this incident occurred off campus, no Ranger Alert was issued because there was no imminent danger, according to KCPD.