This story is just another example of how your own handgun is more likely to get you killed or injured, especially if you’re just plain stupid. And anyone out in the yard shooting a gun in an urban environment is stupid and dangerous.
I have no idea what happened when the police approached this idiot. I suspect the cops were a bit jumpy (understandably) and they may have been too cautious (if that’s even possible in this kind of circumstance). I mean, almost any move other than immediately dropping the gun could be mistaken as being aggressive. YOU DON’T FUCK AROUND WITH GUNS! This is especially true if the police have their guns drawn on you.
If you absolutely must have a handgun for “protection”, keep it in the house and only get it out when you are 100% certain that there is an intruder in your house who isn’t your 17 year-old daughter sneaking in late. And you sure as shit don’t go out launching bullets into the air to celebrate the new year. Anyone caught doing that should have their gun and FOID card taken away. Forever.