Vidor Pursuit ends in Beaumont with one man shooting himself
Published 11:03 am Thursday, January 19, 2017
By Eric Williams
The Orange Leader
Beaumont PD Dispatch received a call at 10:20 p.m., on Wednesday, from Vidor police in reference to them needing assistance with a felony suspect that was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 about to enter the City of Beaumont.
As a precaution an officer safety bulletin was issued earlier in reference to his vehicle and advising them that the suspect was armed and dangerous being wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
After the alert was issued, a Vidor police officer noticed the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle would not stop leading the officers on a short pursuit the vehicle then continued to enter the City of Beaumont exiting 11th Street in to the Travel Inn Motel parking lot located at 2690 Interstate 10 East.
After the vehicle stopped, one officer heard gunshots fired from the vehicle that the suspect was driving . Officers stood by to waiting for a shield to arrive before approaching the vehicle. Officers then used a less lethal air pressure rising launching system to break the windows of the suspect vehicle to get a better view inside which was unsuccessful. Officers then approached and really broke the window of the vehicle which they noticed the suspect had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene and no shots were fired by any officers. The suspect was identified as Rose Harvey Williams, 38, from Richmond, Texas.
Meanwhile, the investigation continues.
Vidor Police Department was assisted by Beaumont Police Department and SWAT team doing this situation.
No other persons were injured.