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Car hits school bus in Port Arthur

PORT ARTHUR -  Port Arthur Police are investigating an accident involving a school bus.

Officers were called out to the 4200 block of Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses say the driver of a car hit the back of a school bus.

The driver of the car had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

There were two children on the bus at the time of the accident.

They were not hurt.

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Police identify man involved in standoff

BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police have released the name of a man accused of firing shots at officers during a standoff, including one bullet that struck an officer in his protective vest and caused severe bruising but no serious injuries.



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The body of Aaron Scott Gibson, 40, of Beaumont, was found inside his home on Griffing Boulevard near Firethorn where the standoff took place Sunday. Police Chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM News they believe Gibson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 


(Previous reports from Sunday) BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 10:30 P.M.

Beaumont police report a SWAT team has cleared the residence of a home near Griffing and Firethorn and located a man's body inside the house. The crime scene will now be turned over to detectives who will identify the person inside and notify family members.

UPDATE: KFDM News is learning new information about a stand-off situation near Firethorn and Griffing in Beaumont.

Police chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM news the incident began as a domestic disturbance call involving a man and his girlfriend late this afternoon at Firethorn near Griffing.

The chief said officers arrived to investigate the domestic disturbance when the man became angry and went back inside the home. Shortly thereafter, shots were fired and one officer was hit in the back of his protective vest. 

A man who said he’s a neighbor of the suspect said he just saw the man this morning and described him as a nice, friendly guy who always says hello. The neighbor said he can’t believe this happened in his neighborhood.

BEAUMONT- Beaumont Police report they are working a stand-off situation with a barricaded subject in the area of Griffing and Firethorn. A SWAT team was deployed.

Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM News an officer was shot in the back during a stand-off with a subject near Firethorn and Griffing. The shot hit the officer's body armor and he has some bruising.

Chief Singletary said the officer is fine after checking on him at the hospital.

Officers said they believe a suspect having a disturbance led to shots fired from the residence.

Stay with KFDM News online and on-air for updates.

Beaumont man pleads guilty to murder and aggravated assault

BEAUMONT -- Joe Fredrick Hawkins of Beaumont pled guilty to first-degree felonies of murder and aggravated assault, Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham announced today.

Three victims were shot to death and another wounded in the March 16, 2014 shooting on 4th St.

Witnesses said he had an altercation with the four victims. He pulled a handgun and shot is first victim, his sister, in the face, then turned and fired at several shots at his brother and a single round in the head of his oldest brother, 
Wortham said.

He then chased down his girlfriend and shot  her several times.  She was the only survivor.

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, "This was a horrible tragedy for the Hawkins’ family.  Nothing will bring back Mrs. Hawkins’ children, but justice requires that Mr. Hawkins be held responsible for what he did no matter who the victims were.  We cannot stand by and allow this type of tragedy to occur in our community with no consequences."

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