A crime spree that crossed two states Tuesday ended when the alleged
suspect was fatally shot by a man crabbing on Pleasure Island.
The Port Arthur Police Department on Wednesday identified
the suspect as Leon Jones III, 25. Jones is from Opelousas, Louisiana,
where he allegedly got into an unmarked narcotics police unit during a
drug raid. He then took the stolen vehicle, which had a rifle inside,
across state lines.
At about 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, a call was made to PAPD in
reference to an active robbery at Island Grocery, 1900 S. Texas 82. The
caller told police the suspect was a man with a rifle. While heading to
the scene, officers were told the man fled eastbound down the highway.
When police arrived at the scene, the victims told said the suspect
tried to take their vehicle at gunpoint.
While officers talked with victims, a 911 caller told
police that a shooting had taken place 3-4 miles away, according to a
news release from the Port Arthur Police Department.
When officers, arrived, they found Jones dead in the
road. During a preliminary investigation, officers found him to be the
suspect from the first attempted robbery.
Prior to his death, Jones allegedly approached a couple who were crabbing and demanded money and property.
Police said the victim was able to get to his truck and retrieve a handgun.
“The suspect and male victim exchanged gunfire and the suspect was struck multiple times,” the release said.
The woman had minor injuries from the exchange of gunfire and was treated on scene by EMS.
Port Arthur Det. Mike Hebert said the department is
investigating why Jones decided to come to Port Arthur, which is nearly
two hours from Opelousas.