Vidor Police investigating alleged gun altercation involving Orange County constable

Published 2:00 pm Thursday, November 30, 2023

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VIDOR — Vidor Police Department investigators confirmed they are investigating an incident in which a local constable allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot several children while intoxicated.

Police Chief Rod Carroll confirmed the investigation is ongoing but declined to give further details.

The incident report released by VPD shows a call made at 1:05 a.m. Sunday from a woman who said her child called her crying. The caller said her ex-husband, Matt Ortego, pulled a gun out and threatened to shoot her child and other children in the home and that Ortego was “extremely intoxicated.”

Approximately two minutes later the caller arrived on scene and told dispatch she heard a loud bang.

Then at 2:11 a.m. the dispatcher comments show the male subject, Ortego, being taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Five Vidor police units and one Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the home on Timberlane.
Ortego is the Orange County Precinct 4 Constable.

Orange Newsmedia left a message with Ortego’s office seeking comment.

Earlier this year he announced his intent to run for reelection, as has Orange County Sheriff’s Capt. Joey Jacobs.

The primary election is in March.

No arrests were made at the time and the case is under investigation, police said.

— Written by Mary Meaux