A report of shots fired Thursday led to a pair of misdemeanor charges filed Friday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 41-year-old Racine man.

Nicolas Garcia was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, which carry a total fine of $11,000 and a year in county jail.

Garcia, who is in custody, made his initial court appearance Friday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers with the Mount Pleasant and Racine police departments received calls and complaints about a man with a gun and responded to a Racine residence. The caller reported that he saw the defendant shoot a handgun out the passenger side door of his truck.

The witness, who identified Garcia to the officers, stated the defendant went into a bar after he fired five shots into the air, and then left. Police located .45 caliber shell casings in the parking spot where Garcia’s vehicle had been.

Police responded to Garcia’s residence, and he claimed he had been at home the whole time, had just come out to move his wife’s truck and had a firearm in the vehicle. The defendant’s wife stated he had not
been home and was intoxicated.

A firearm, several loose bullets and a box of .45 ammunition were found in the truck. A portable breathalyzer test revealed that Garcia had a blood alcohol content of 0.127.

A pre-trial conference has been set for 3:15 p.m. August 30 in Racine County Court.

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