stock art_police car at night with red siren

A Plano man is dead after a reported shooting early Wednesday morning during a New Year’s Eve party at a Canton residence.

The Canton Police Department received calls about a shooting at a residence in the 500 block of South Buffalo Street at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

Alan Bates, 61, who had multiple gunshot wounds, was found dead at the scene. Through an investigation, officers discovered Bates was attending a New Year’s Eve party at the home. He became agitated and aggressive at others in attendance. He also made threats against a couple visiting the home. They decided to leave the party to avoid a possible confrontation, the release stated.

Party goers tried to calm Bates down. He started being aggressive again and threatened other people at the residence. Because of his behavior, Bates was told to leave, according to the police department.

He left the party and got a handgun from his vehicle. He walked toward the residence while threatening to kill people inside. An attendee, who heard the threats and saw Bates approaching the home with the gun, armed himself with his handgun, according to the release.

Bates came into the residence showing the gun. In self-defense, one of the party guests shot Bates multiple times, according to Canton police.

Bates’ body has been transported to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy. The person who shot Bates has not been charged with a crime, according to the police department.

Two handguns were recovered from the scene. Bates’ gun appeared to be hit by gunfire and disabled. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this situation, the release stated.

Investigators from the Canton Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation. Once the investigation concludes, the case will be referred to a Van Zandt County grand jury for review.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

Recommended for you

Load comments