, Port Arthur, Texas

July 16, 2013

PA man sentenced to 30 years for shooting girlfriend

The Port Arthur News

— A Port Arthur man was sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to shooting his girlfriend in the head twice on New Year’s Day.

Ervis Chapman Jr., 32, was sentenced on Monday after entering the plea, Port Arthur Police Sgt. Scott Gaspard said.

Police received a 911 call from an 11-year-old girl reporting a disturbance and assault at about 3:28 a.m. Jan. 1 at Valley View Estates apartments, 5801 Twin City Hwy. When officers arrived they found the victim, 33-year-old Jennifer Grogan Watson, suffering from at least two gunshot wounds to the head. Watson is the child’s mother and a second child, age eight, was visiting the home at the time of the incident, according to a story that ran in the Jan. 2 edition of The Port Arthur News.

Police found a .22 caliber handgun at the scene that had been broken in half. Police believe when the older model gun quit firing that the suspect then beat the woman with the pistol until it broke.

Police had reason to believe the suspect, identified as Ervis Chapman Jr., 32, of Port Arthur, was headed to Houston after the incident. His vehicle either broke down or ran out of gas on Interstate 10 in Wallisville and with assistance from Texas Department of Public Safety and Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Chapman was located at a Crawdad’s convenience store on I-10 and FM 565 at about 10:15 a.m. that night.

Investigators applied for and received a warrant for Chapman’s arrest which was served while he was in Chambers County. The warrant was issued by Jefferson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8 Tim Gilliam III with bond set at $200,000. The arrest warrant was issued for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony.