DPS Trooper involved in fatal shooting near Beaumont
BEAUMONT – At approximately 10:00 p.m., on November 30, in Jefferson County, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper attempted to stop a Subaru passenger vehicle on I-10 for a traffic violation when the driver fled from law enforcement.
The driver of the white Subaru passenger vehicle continued evading while traveling westbound on I-10 at a high rate of speed. After a short distance, the suspect lost control of the vehicle, west of Beaumont near mile marker 835, and crashed into a ditch near the Interstate. Based on the preliminary investigation, after exiting the vehicle, the driver pointed a handgun at the DPS Trooper; the Trooper fired at the suspect, striking him.
The 46-year-old suspect, Edward Gomez from Kenner, Louisiana, was transported to an area hospital and pronounced deceased at approximately 11 p.m. by emergency room personnel.
The Trooper was uninjured during this incident.
This is an ongoing investigation. No additional information is available at this time.