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Robbery suspect shot and killed by store owner, two suspects at large

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Duayne Smith (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Duayne Smith (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
BEAUMONT -

A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department has identified a robbery suspect who was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Beaumont's north end Tuesday evening.  Sgt Rob Flores identifies the deceased as Duayne Smith, 25, of Port Arthur.

Police continue to look for two other suspects.

The robbery happened just after 9 p.m. at a game room located in the 3600 block of East Lucas Drive in north Beaumont.

The owner of the game room told officers that three men tried to rob him at gunpoint as he and his mother were leaving the business for the night. Sometime during the robbery attempt, the owner got his handgun and exchanged gunfire with the robbery suspects. After the exchange of gunfire, all three suspects fled on foot.

When officers arrived, they found Smith approximately 100 feet from the game room. He was dead and appeared to have been struck by a bullet in the exchange of gunfire. The game room owner was not injured during the robbery attempt.

The owner described one of the suspects who escaped as a black male with dark skin and short hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with below-knee length shorts with white stripes. He wore brown work-style boots. The clerk described the second suspect as a black male wearing all black with a light-colored shirt he used to cover his face. He wore white sneakers.

Both suspects were last seen running east toward the Plymouth Village Apartment Complex located in the 5800 block of Helbig Road.

The business owner and his mother were taken to the police station for questioning.

The robbery is said to have been caught on surveillance video.

A woman who identified herself as a friend of Smith arrived while 12News was on scene. She broke into tears as police told her what happened. She told 12News Smith was a 25-year-old man from Detroit who had moved to the area in 2007. She said he was the father of her two girls ages 9 and 3.

Police ask anyone with information to call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477.)

The shooting death is the 16th homicide to happen in Beaumont in 2013. Last year there were 15 homicides in Beaumont.

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