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June 28, 2013

UPDATE: BPD interviewing person of interest in triple homicide

BEAUMONT — Michael Ray Carmen, Jr., whom Beaumont Police Department detectives identified as a person of interest in the capital murder that occurred near the intersection of Park and Prairie Street, has voluntarily went to the police station to speak with detectives, according to a press release from BPD.  

Carmen arrived at the police station about 12:20 p.m. Friday and reportedly asked to speak with detectives. Investigators are currently interviewing Carmen to determine his alleged degree of involvement in the shooting.  


Beaumont Police have identified a person of interest in Thursday night’s triple capital murder in which three people were killed while playing dominos.

BPD is looking for Michael Ray Carmen Jr., 25, of Beaumont, and are attempting to confirm Carmen’s degree of alleged involvement in the shooting that occurred near the area of Park and Prairie Street.

Police were called to a reported shooting at about 9:27 p.m. June 27 outside a house in the 1000 block of Prairie, according to a press release from BPD.

When officers arrived, they discovered five gunshot victims.  Three men were deceased at the scene and two men suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Beaumont EMS transported them to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth hospital for treatment. Emergency room physicians treated and released one of the men. The second man was transferred to the University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body and a gunshot wound to his lower body.  

Witnesses, who were not injured, reported that several men were playing dominos outside the residence when several other men confronted them. During the confrontation, multiple gunshots were fired. There were also three children inside the house at the time of the shooting. None of the children suffered injury. The children were released to the custody of family members.  

The names of the deceased have not been released.

Police are searching for a dark colored SUV that fled the scene immediately after the shooting.  Witnesses saw several males leave in the vehicle and as it was driving west on Prairie, it sideswiped a parked vehicle.  This SUV may have extensive damage to the front left and driver’s side.  

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and one of the victims.  Prosecutors and Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorneys Officer are assisting with the investigation. The Jefferson County Crime Lab is assisting BPD’s Crime Scene Unit in the gathering and analysis of evidence and BPD’s Traffic Unit is also assisting in the investigation in the processing and mapping of the extensive crime scene.  

Persons seeing Carmen are asked to call BPD’s 911 operations center at 832-1234. Persons knowing his whereabouts and who wish to leave an anonymous tip can call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.

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