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UPDATE: Police identify suspect and officers involved in fatal shooting

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Rosa Elvira Flores-Lopez (Photo: Beaumont Enterprise) Rosa Elvira Flores-Lopez (Photo: Beaumont Enterprise)
PORT ARTHUR -

A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department has identified two officers involved in an incident in which a suspect was fatally shot. The spokesperson has also identified the suspect who was killed.

According to a news release issued Friday afternoon, Officers Kacey Frank and Donald Suarez have been placed on administrative leave after Rosa Elvira Flores-Lopez, 50, of Port Arthur, was shot to death during a family disturbance call.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday at a home located at 3818 29th Street in Port Arthur where officers were called to a family disturbance.

A police spokesperson said the officers repeatedly told Flores-Lopez to drop the knife. Officers used a Taser on her, but it did not stop her. The officers said Flores-Lopez raised and extended the knife, threatening the officers.

According to the news release, it was at this point that Officer Frank fired a single shot from her service weapon, striking Flores-Lopez in the arm holding the knife. The bullet penetrated to her chest area causing a fatal wound.

Chief Blanton told 12News this is not the first time officers have been called to the home. He also said the woman had minor criminal offenses and mental health issues.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave per department policy.

The incident is being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Affairs and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Jefferson County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Mark DeRouen has ordered an autopsy.

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