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Port Arthur Police arrest woman after stabbing leaves 1 dead

The victim was identified as 53-year-old Lawrence Ozane. It is Port Arthur's first homicide of 2022.
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PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The Port Arthur Police Department is investigating the city's first homicide of the new year.

On Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 12:09 a.m., police were called to the 1900 block of 3rd Avenue in reference to a stabbing.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8 Judge Tom Gillam.

The victim was identified as 53-year-old Lawrence Ozane, a resident of Port Arthur.  

Detective Sadie Guedry tells 12News that 61-year-old Phillis Ann Gipson was arrested and charged with murder. 

Jail records show Gipson is booked at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility with a bond set at $200,000.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Port Arthur Police Department.

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This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information. 

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