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Home invasion robbery sends one to hospital
PORT ARTHUR- Port Arthur Police said they are looking for two men responsible for injuring a homeowner during a home invasion robbery Sunday night.

About 9 p.m., officers said two young men knocked on a door in 2800 block of 15th St. in Port Arthur. When the homeowners opened the door, the men forced their way inside and struck the homeowner in the head with a weapon and escaped with cash.

Police said the homeowner was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

Stay with KFDM News for updates.

Possible hazmat situation cleared
HARDIN COUNTY- Hours after the initial call, the Hardin County Sheriff tells KFDM News what was a possible hazardous material situation is cleared and safe for families nearby.

Sheriff Ed Cain said about 1 p.m. Sunday dispatchers received a call from someone who said they needed medical attention. When they went to the location off Highway 96 south near Lumberton between Mitchell Rd. and Keith Rd., they couldn't find the man. Cain said when deputies got to the building someone remodeled into a house, they had a burning sensation and smelled a strong chemical odor.

Investigators closed off the surrounding area for hours while deputies, ATF and fire determined what was causing the chemical smell.

Cain said about 7:15 p.m., they entered the residence and found the man who made the initial call for medical attention. He was okay and will be taken for a mental health evaluation.

The sheriff said once inside, they found some household chemicals but no hazardous materials or explosive devices. No one was hurt and no charges have been filed against the man.

Former local officer reacts to shooting deaths of NYPD officers

JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Jessica Crawford

A former police officer is reacting to the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers.

28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenijan Liu.

Before the shooting, Brinsley posted this on an Instagram account:

"I'm Putting Wings on Pigs Today"
"They Take 1 Of Ours... Let's Take 2 of Theirs"
"This May Be My Final Post"

KFDM spoke with Zack Shelton, the president of the 100 Club of Southeast Texas and a former police officer.

Shelton says officers play an important role in the community and the shooting deaths of officers could lead to a damaging trend.

"It's just going to break down the community," he says. "It's going to let the criminals come in, it's going to make the cop hesitant when a person like you might get kidnapped or a person like you might be missing."

Shelton says that possible hesitation could come from officers not knowing peoples' intentions toward them.

"They're going to be hesitant to do their job because of the reaction of various criminal intent on people questioning their authority or questioning what's in their heart to do for people," says Shelton.


Hardin County Sheriff's Office working possible hazmat situation
UPDATE: Deputies said after nearly 6 hours, a man who called in need of medical attention walked out of the building and is okay. Deputies say he is being taken to a hospital for evaluation. Investigators said the hazmat team is a precaution, but they are still determining what caused the chemical smell.

HARDIN COUNTY- Hardin County deputies are working a possible hazardous material situation south of Lumberton.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain tells KFDM News about 1 p.m. Sunday, dispatchers received a call from someone who said they needed medical attention. When they went to the location, they couldn't find the man.

Cain said when deputies entered a building someone remodeled into a house, they had a burning sensation and smelled a strong chemical smell.

ATF is assisting since the sheriff's office does not have their own hazmat team.

The southbound access road at Mitchel Rd. on Highway 69 is blocked off.

Beaumont Police investigating shooting

BEAUMONT- Beaumont Police are investigating the shooting of a 33-year old man.

Officers said about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, they were called to the 4200 block of Chaison and found the man with a gunshot wound near his right shoulder blade. Police said the man was alert but would not give them any useful information about the shooting.

Officers said a witness told them the man and the shooter were arguing when the shooter took out a handgun, fired several shots and ran away.

Emergency workers took the victim to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where officers said he was treated for a non-life threatening injury. Police said the victim is not pursuing charges.

Gunman shoots two NYPD officers
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's police commissioner says the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were "very anti-police."

Police Commissioner William Bratton choked up at a news conference Saturday afternoon as he talked about the fatal shootings of two officers in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

Bratton says the gunman shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday and made posts from her Instagram account.

Authorities didn't get into the specifics of the contents of the posts, but two officials told The Associated Press that he posted about shooting two "pigs" in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Authorities say the gunman fatally shot himself after killing the officers.

Logan's Roadhouse manager robbed
BEAUMONT - Beaumont police are looking for a gunman they say robbed a manager at Logan's Roadhouse near Parkdale Mall.

Officers say a man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun confronted her in the parking lot Friday night after the restaurant closed.

Police say the man ordered the  manager to go back inside and into the office.

When the gunman walked out of the office, police say the manager locked the door and called police.

Investigators say the man ran away, only taking the manager's cell phone.

The manager wasn't hurt.

If you have any information about the robbery, you're asked to call Crime stoppers at 833-TIPS.

Restaurant manager near mall robbed after closing

BEAUMONT - Beaumont police are searching for a gunman who robbed the manager at Logan's Roadhouse restaurant near Parkdale mall after the business had closed late Friday night.

Officer Doug Kibodeaux tells KFDM News the manager was walking to her car after she'd closed Logan's near Parkdale Friday night, when a black man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun confronted her in the parking lot.

He ordered her to go back inside. There were no customers in the business. He made her go to the office area inside the restaurant. When he stepped out of the office, she slammed the door behind him, locked it and called 911.

He ran out and left. The only item he was able to take was her cell phone.

The manager wasn't hurt.

If you have any information about the robbery call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS. Operators won't ask for your name and you could earn a cash reward.


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