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Robbery suspect attempts to kill patrol officer
BEAUMONT - PRESS RELEASE - On Saturday, August 24, 2013, at about 11:16 pm, patrol officers responded to a reported robbery at the Sunshine Market located at 3310 Concord. The clerk had reported that a man entered the store, robbed him at gunpoint, and then fled on foot.
Patrol officers arrived in the area and began to search for the robbery suspect. An officer saw a man walking in a parking lot in the 3300 block of Cleveland. This man matched the description of the robber given by the clerk. As the officer exited his patrol vehicle, the man fired a gunshot at him. The officer returned fire and the man ran away. The officer pursued and other officers arrived to set up a perimeter as they continued to search for the suspect. K-9 officers arrived and began a track but they were unable to locate the suspect. Patrol officers continued an exhaustive search throughout the morning but did not locate the suspect. The officer was not physically injured during this incident.
At about 6:46 am this morning, our 911 Dispatch Center received a medical call from the 3900 block of Steelton. A female advised that her brother had broken his arm. When EMS arrived, they discovered that the man had actually suffered a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and discovered that the injured man matched the description of the robbery suspect and the man who had attempted to kill the patrol officer. Officers also located items of evidence that implicated him in the robbery.
Beaumont EMS transported the man to St. Elizabeth ER for treatment of his gunshot wound. He is currently in surgery for repair of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
The 35-year-old Beaumont man is in our custody as a suspect in the aggravated robbery and the attempted capital murder of our officer. At this early stage of the investigation, we cannot release his name or photo as doing so could damage the integrity of the aggravated robbery investigation. Detectives still need to formally interview the store clerk and get a positive identification of the suspect.
Sgt. Rob Flores, Jr. is the P.I.O. assigned to this case and all information will be released through him. Updates will be issued as they become available.