SWAT

Stock photo of a SWAT team

Local investigators are trying to trace the source of a call that resulted in a SWAT Team response over the weekend in Port Neches.

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A three-and-a-half hour SWAT standoff with police ended when the suspect shot himself in the face, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from BPD, patrol officers responded to a family disturbance in the 2100 block of Avenue A at 11:29 a.m. on March 22. Multiple callers from the house reportedly told 911 operators that a family member’s estranged husband was at their house attempting to find her, and that the man was armed with a handgun, threatening to shoot his wife as well as himself. When officers arrived, the man was gone.

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Jack Brooks Regional Airport was surrounded by emergency vehicles and law enforcement, including S.W.A.T on Tuesday, March 17, but not because of a disaster, rather as part of an exercise to prevent and handle emergency situations.

The disaster drill simulated an active shooter in which local law enforcement and federal officers trained on how to handle a hostage situation as required by the Federal Aviation Administration for all commercial airports. 

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Press release from the Beaumont Police Department:

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Stephenson

A Jefferson County jury took less than an hour to convict and sentence a Port Arthur man, Milton D. Stephenson, 43,  to 55 years in prison for the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation, announced Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, according to a press release on July 19.

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The Port Arthur Police Department SWAT team responded to a call regarding a mental patient with a firearm on March 3 at about 10:21 p.m. in the 3700 block of Woodland Avenue, according to a news release from PAPD.

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Vidor police and Orange County SWAT responded to what now appears to be an erroneous report of a man barricaded in his home with a gun on Tannahill Street Monday night, Sept. 2.

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Police say Jason Richard (inset) took his own life at his home in Groves.

As thunder and lightning rolled overhead, police and SWAT teams in Groves rolled into the 6200 block of Jackson Street after a gunman barricaded himself inside his home Wednesday, June 19.

Multiple neighbors on the scene said Jason Richard, a father of two and a successful small business owner in Groves, was the man inside.

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Local EMTs and other participants received tactical SWAT training Tuesday, Feb. 26, to coach them in how to react in violent, volatile situations. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar Institute of Technology’s EMS Division hosted the “Care under Fire” drill at the former Air National Guard building at First Street and Vitterbo Road in Beaumont on the grounds of the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

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A hostage situation in Port Arthur ended peacefully after 28-year-old Walter Moore of Port Arthur took a 2-year-old captive and barricaded himself inside a home on the 2500 block of 61st Street.

The standoff began in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 12. By the time police arrived, Moore had closed the blinds, telling police he was heavily armed with his 2-year-old niece still inside. 

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