Updates On The Jefferson County Courthouse Shooting; One Dead
March 14, 2012 1:03:00 pm
Authorities say a man involved in a court case opened fire outside the courthouse during a break in the case, killing a female relative and injuring at least two others.
The suspect then drove away and was arrested nearby.
One of the victims was shot and run over by the suspect as he fled the scene.
The suspect is being treated at a Beaumont hospital and may have been shot during his capture. The shootings took place outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Beaumont. Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston.
Judge John Stevens told KFDM News the suspect, Bartholomew Granger, 41, was on trial in his court on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Stevens told KFDM News a jury was picked Monday, testimony began Tuesday, and the child was scheduled to resume testimony Wednesday at 1.
Update 1:59 p.m.
Beaumont Police are holding a news conference at 2 p.m. For live streaming, visit http://www.kfdm.com/news/features/live/.
Update 2:00 p.m.
Chief Deputy Zena Stephens lead the news conference. Suspect did not have his weapon in the courthouse. Weapon alleged to be in suspect's vehicle. Beaumont Police are still investigating.
Update 2:23 p.m.
Chief Jimmy Singletary said, "This was an extensive crime scene ... [suspect was] shooting multiple rounds at officers ... [while] running. Preliminary investigation ... [before running] suspect shooting from vehicle ... [Officers] drew in return fire."
FBI, ATF, DPS are assisting in this investigation. Sheriff's Office is the lead agency.
Streets around the courthouse may be close until tomorrow due to the investigation.
Chief Deputy Zena Stephens said after shots were fired, people from inside the courthouse called in the shooting.
The deceased victim is described as an elderly woman.