PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur Police have arrested a man accused of firing shots at two officers who were checking out a report of a suspicious person inside a vacant building.
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Police responded to a call shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday reporting a suspicious person at 1647 7th Street, the location of a business that's closed. Workers are renovating the building.
Officers were checking the rear of the building when several shots were fired at them through a door, nearly striking two officers. Both were able to find cover.
Officers called for backup and tried to communicate with the person inside. They say he ignored them.
Police called for the SWAT team after exhaustive efforts to contact the suspect. While the SWAT team was heading to the scene the man surrendered and the SWAT call was canceled.
Investigators say the man was staying inside the vacant building. Officers arrested him on a charge of Deadly Conduct.
Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton says the building's owner says he gave the man permission to stay in the building to keep people from breaking in while workers were renovating it to become a liquor store. The man says he fired shots believing someone was breaking in.
Chief Blanton told KFDM News officers don't treat any call as routine. He urges people to call the department if they see someone they believe is suspicious and avoid confronting that person. He says PAPD officers handled the call exactly as they are trained and that's why no one, including officers, the suspect and the public, was hurt.