Update: Police capture second burglary suspect after 8-hour manhunt
Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Beaumont police arrested the second man who they say was involved in a home burglary earlier in the day. Police say this is the man who pulled a gun on an officer earlier in the day.
It all began just before 11 a.m. Wednesday when police say two men knocked on a door in the 800 block of Shakespeare Drive. A woman told police the men went into her garage when she did not answer. That's when she called 9-1-1.
Officers spotted two men several blocks away.
Police say an officer approached the men. That's when police say one of the men pulled out a .410 shotgun from his pants leg. A struggle then took place. The officer was able to retrieve the gun and the two suspects got away.
Dozens of police officers and K9 units quickly swarmed the area searching for the two men.
The first suspect was taken into custody within minutes. Officers say they found a gun inside his backpack along with a knife and a laptop computer. A detective on the scene said that suspect is cooperating with police.
Just after 6 p.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joined in the search for the second suspect by sending out its helicopter. Police narrowed the perimeter and made an arrest after searching for seven hours.
Beaumont Police Detective Tina Lewallen told 12News there have been between 15 to 20 home invasions in the past few months. Officer Lewallen said this arrest is a big step in helping crack these crimes.
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