Man from El Mirage fired 21 times in the air with a rifle on New Years Eve, police say

Michael Sais (El Mirage Police Department)

An El Mirage man has been arrested for shooting in the air nearly two dozen times on New Years Eve, police said on Saturday.

Police said they received several calls about shots fired near El Mirage Road and Thunderbird around 8:30 p.m. on December 31.

Witnesses reportedly saw 27-year-old Michael Sais shoot in the air several times. When police arrived at the man’s home, they found several cartridge cases on the porch.

An investigation found that Sais fired 21 rounds with an AR-15 rifle, officials said.

The 27-year-old has been jailed on one count of disorderly conduct involving weapons and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Shannon’s law makes it a felony to shoot a gun in the air in Arizona.

Shannon Smith was in her garden in June 1999 when a random bullet fell from the sky, hitting her in the head and killing her. The honorary student and outstanding athlete had just finished his 8th year a few weeks earlier.

Less than a year after her death, Shannon’s law came into effect after her parents found out that shooting a bullet in the air was just a misdemeanor.

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