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Investigation continues into PAPD fatal shooting

January 1, 2019

The Texas Rangers and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the officer-involved fatal shooting that happened Friday afternoon near the intersection of 16th Street and Rev. Raymond Scott Avenue in Port Arthur.

The case will be brought before a grand jury who will determine if lethal force was justified, authorities said Monday.

The dead man was identified by his sister-in-law as Shane Lyons, 35, of Port Arthur. Investigators refused to confirm the identity.

Police Chief Tim Duriso said during a news conference Monday that the man was in possession of a large weapon and failed to comply when an officer told him to drop it. He said the man continued to advance toward the officer with the weapon. He said the officer feared for his life and fired “several rounds.”

Bystanders at the scene told the Enterprise they heard six or seven shots. They also described the weapon as a machete, but officials would not confirm that detail.

Emergency medical services were called immediately following the shooting, but the man died on the scene, Duriso said.

District Attorney Bob Wortham said the dead man was found in possession of cigarettes that tested positive for the drug PCP. He and Duriso declined to provide other new details on Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Lyons family members at the news conference could be heard sighing as their questions and those from the media went unanswered. Queries such as, “How many shots were fired?” and “What was the large weapon?” and “Was the officer responding to a complaint?” were met with no-comments such as, “We are not allowed to answer that at this time” and “I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation.”

The officer involved in the shooting also was not identified and is currently on paid leave, which Wortham said is for his protection.

Also at the news conference, Detective Mike Hebert discussed two other shootings that took place later on Friday. Hebert said investigators are confident the three incidents are not related.

The first, which happened just after 6:30 p.m., is thought to be a targeted robbery of an individual who was known to carry cash. The 81-year-old man was confronted and shot in the chest while entering the Legacy Senior Living community on Lake Arthur Drive. The victim is in stable condition, and Hebert said he will not undergo surgery to remove the bullet.

The victim was not able to identify his attackers.

The second shooting occurred just before 7:30 at the KFC on Texas 365. Two men were shot in the leg, but they refused to press charges and did not cooperate with investigators, Hebert said. Witnesses said there was a confrontation between the two victims and at least one other person that ended in an exchange of gunfire.

“They have no regard. These bullets don’t just strike the person they’re shooting at,” Hebert said. “They travel into people’s houses, into businesses.”

Hebert closed the press conference with a plea for help in solving a Dec. 20 fatal hit-and-run of a 76-year-old bicyclist in the 2300 block of Memorial. Richard Waite was killed.

Hebert called the action of the driver “cowardly,” and asked that anyone with information pertaining to the incident, especially regarding the make and model of the car, come forward by contacting Port Arthur Police or by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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