A robbery suspect was shot several times by a Beaumont man who was walking to his car Tuesday night at a Beaumont apartment complex.

Police received a call at about 9:42 p.m. from a man who told dispatchers that an armed man had attempted to rob him according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department.

The caller told 911 dispatchers that the suspect may be dead the release said.

When officers arrived at the apartments in the 2100 block of McFaddin Street they found a 35 year-old Beaumont man on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso.

The intended victim told officers that he had been headed to his car when the suspect confronted him with a handgun and attempted to rob him the release said.

The man, who also had a gun, was able to get to his gun and fired several shots at the suspect police said.

The wounded suspect, who had arrived before the attempted robbery in a silver Dodge truck that was stolen from Westlake, La, was transported to Christus St Elizabeth hospital with injuries that hospital staff said were serious but not life-threatening the release said.

Both the gun belonging to the intended victim and the suspect were taken by police as evidence.

The shooting remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.