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KFDM Uncovers new information in officer-involved shooting
PORT ARTHUR- by Haley Bull
KFDM News is learning more about a woman shot and killed by a Port Arthur officer. Investigators said the woman came at them with a knife and refused to put it down.
Two officers drove to the home in the 3800 block of 29th St. in Port Arthur, when someone called 911 to report a family disturbance. Investigators said this wasn't the first time they've dealt with Rosa Flores, 50. According to police, she had a history of minor assault charges and mental illness.
Port Arthur Police said officers Donald Suarez and Kacey Frank got to the home about 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
"One party was armed with a knife and refused to put it down," Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton said.
Investigators said Officer Suarez used a taser on Flores, but it had no effect on her.
"A knife was brandished towards the officers and one officer fired a single shot," Blanton said.
Police said Officer Frank fired a single shot after Flores came at them. It hit Flores in the arm while she was holding the knife. The same bullet hit Flores' chest and killed her.
KFDM News spoke with Flores' son, Luis Flores. He offered a different account of events. However, he is the only person KFDM has spoken with whose story differs from that of police.
Flores' son was in the home. He said his mother never raised the knife.
Flores said the family called police because his mother was feeling nervous. He said she'd been in a hospital for mental health issues in the past, but he said, it was never serious. Flores said after police used the taser, his mother was shaking. That's when he said police shot her.
Police said Rosa Flores lived in the house with her husband, her son and his family.
Neighbors said they had previously heard people in the home arguing.
Officers Suarez and Frank are on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is finished, which is standard in a such a case.
In the end, the district attorney's office is likely to decide what happens in this case, an officer-involved shooting police say they hope doesn't happen to them.