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Jefferson County deputy cleared, back on the job after fatally shooting Beaumont man

Deputies said they arrived and found a man who had barricaded himself inside of a trailer with a handgun. When the man pointed the gun at deputies, he was shot

BEAUMONT, Texas — A Jefferson County deputy has been cleared and is working again after fatally shooting a Beaumont man according to Sheriff Zena Stephens. 

John Wesley Seymour, 59, was shot by the deputy on Nov. 3 after the department received a call about a family disturbance. 

Deputies said they arrived and found a man who had barricaded himself inside of a trailer with a handgun. The trailer was on property in north Jefferson County, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Crystal Holmes.

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Investigators said they negotiated with the man for several hours and continued to ask him to bring the incident to a peaceful end. He refused to surrender according to DPS. 

"Less than lethal tactics" were used unsuccessfully in an attempt to get the man to leave the trailer without a gun, according to officials. When the man exited the travel trailer, he pointed a handgun towards the deputies, and he was shot.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to Justice of the Peace Ben Collins.  

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