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Patrol officers come under fire while responding to disturbance call
Two patrol officers were shot at while responding to a disturbance call a little after 10 p.m. Thursday in Beaumont's south end, Beaumont Police Department's Sgt. Rob Flores said.
When officers responded to a call of two men reportedly fighting over a gun in the 600 block of Fulton, an unknown person fired a gunshot at their patrol vehicle as they arrived in the area, Flores said.
The officers got out of the patrol vehicle to find better cover and as they did so, the unknown person fired another gunshot at them. The officers couldn't determine where the gunshots were coming from. They maintained cover and began directing assisting units into the area and then set up a perimeter and began to search for the gunman.
Officers located a man walking along Fulton and they instructed to him to come to their location and the man, who appeared intoxicated, refused to comply with the verbal orders so officers were forced to use thier Electronic Control Device to subdue the man, Flores said.
They found that he had a handgun in the shoulder holster under his t-shirt and officers arrested him for unlawfully carrying a weapon, Flores said. He was identified as Stanley D. McDonald, a 32-year-old Beaumont resident.
The officers were not struck by any of the gunshots, although one round did strike their patrol vehicle, and detectives are investigating to determine whether McDonald was the person who fired shots at the patrol officers, Flores said.