Robbery suspect exchanges fire with Beaumont officer

A 35-year-old Beaumont man is in police custody as a suspect in an aggravated robbery and the attempted capital murder of a police officer.

A police spokesperson Sunday said the Sunshine Market, located at 3310 Concord, was robbed around 11:16 p.m. Saturday.  The clerk said that a man entered the store, robbed him at gunpoint, and then fled on foot.

A news release issued by the Beaumont Police Department says an officer saw a man matching the robbery suspect's description walking in a parking lot in the 3300 block of Cleveland Street.   As the officer got out of  his patrol car, the man fired a shot at him.  The  officer returned fire but, the man got away.

The news release says around 6:46 a.m. Sunday, the Beaumont 911 dispatch center received a medical call from the 3900 block of Steelton Avenue.  A woman said that her brother had broken his arm.  When paramedics arrived they discovered that the man had actually suffered a gunshot wound. 

Officers determined that the injured man matched the description of the robbery suspect who attempted to kill the patrol officer.  Officers also located items of evidence that implicated him in the robbery. 

Beaumont EMS took the man to the Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth ER for treatment of his gunshot wound. 

A police spokesperson Sunday said the man was in surgery for the gunshot wound.

The name of the suspect, 35, has not yet been released.

The police spokesperson said more information would be released as the investigation progresses.


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