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January 11, 2013

Update: Man shot by Beaumont police identified

BEAUMONT — (Updated 7:20 p.m., Jan. 11, 2013)

Police have identified the man shot by an officer early Friday morning.

A man shot by police early Friday has been identified as John Michael Bledsoe, a 28-year-old man from Beaumont. Bledsoe has been charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Service by the District Attorney's Office and is being held on $150,000 bond. The case remains under investigation and more charges could be forthcoming.

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An early morning shooting involving a Beaumont police officer remains under investigation, according to authorities.

Officers with the Beaumont Police Department answered the call of a disturbance shortly before 6 a.m., Friday, in the 3200 block of North 10th Street in Beaumont which involved an unidentified female who informed dispatchers she had been assaulted.

The 22-year-old woman, who was waiting outside the house for police to arrive, told dispatchers three men were inside the house and had been drinking.

As officers spoke with the woman, a 28-year-old white male carrying a shotgun was shot by one of the officers, who has not yet been identified. The “suspect” was transported to a hospital in Beaumont with “non-life threatening injuries,” according to a Beaumont Police Department statement.

No other injuries were reported and no other details were immediately available. The incident remains under investigation.

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