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Jasper County couple shot in home invasion robbery
JASPER COUNTY - by Mike Lout/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company
A Jasper County couple is undergoing treatment after both were reportedly shot during a home invasion that occurred late Wednesday evening at their home just off Highway 96 north.
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said it is believed that the incident occurred when three men broke into the residence of Robert and Alma Shellhammer, located behind the familys business, Buck Springs Water, shortly before 11:00.
According to Newman, Alma Shellhammer, who was shot in the ankle, was able to drive her husband, Robert, who suffered from a gunshot wound to his hip, to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital, where they were both treated, before he was transferred by helicopter and she was taken by ambulance to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
The attackers, at this time, have only been described as black males, who were said to all be armed with pistols.
Newman said that he and his deputies had continued to work the case throughout the night and that the investigation was continuing. He said that at this point, there was no evidence that the incident was connected to the very similar home invasion that occurred on Friday morning, shortly before noon, in the south end of the county, near Buna.
In that case, three men, also described as black males, broke into the home of Douglas Archie Bean, just off Highway 62. Bean, who had left home earlier in the day, was reportedly shot in the stomach, when he returned to discover the burglary in progress.
Bean is still undergoing treatment for his injuries and is reportedly doing well. The condition of the Shellhammers is unknown.