The burglary suspect has been positively identified as Kennith Waynon Hooker, a 52 year old transient male, born in Port Arthur but has lived in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange County. Next of kin has been located and notified.
Two officers responded to the burglary and are both on administrative leave while the incident is investigated and all evidence is brought to Jefferson County Grand Jury.
Original Press Release posted 11-14-2019
Beaumont Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting Following a Burglary in Progress
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5:15 am, Beaumont Police responded to 2578 IH-10 East in reference to a Burglary in Progress. Beaumont Police received a call advising someone was breaking in to Al Basha Mediterranean Restaurant. When Officers arrived they discovered forced entry into the building. Officers went inside the business and located a suspect . During the encounter the Officer discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect. Beaumont EMS responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.