Detectives are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of 27-year-old Derek Allen Phillips of Beaumont.
At about 4:42 p.m., January 6, Patrol Officers responded to a 911 call at a house located in the 1300 block of Central Drive. The caller told dispatchers he woke up from a nap and found Phillips, his roommate, in the house unresponsive and bleeding profusely. Officers arrived and found that Phillips was deceased. Officer also found a quantity of narcotics in the house.
At this early stage in the investigation, Detectives do suspect foul play. Judge Ken Dollinger has ordered an autopsy and Detectives will be able to confirm the cause of death once they receive the preliminary autopsy results. That could take up to a week.
Sgt. Rob Flores, Jr.