Beaumont Police Detectives have identified the robbery suspect who assaulted the clerk at The Merit Inn then committed an aggravated assault of the responding BPD Officer.

The deceased suspect is Crederick Joseph, a 37 year old Opelousas, Louisiana resident.

**Initial Press Release**

Beaumont Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting Following Robbery

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:02 am, Beaumont Police received a call from the clerk at The Merit Inn, located at 2640 IH-10 East in reference to a Trespasser.

While Officers were enroute, information was received that the suspect was assaulting and robbing the clerk. When the officer arrived, he confronted the suspect. The suspect began assaulting the officer. During the altercation, the Officer discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect. The clerk sustained minor injuries from the robbery. The Officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation is on-going.