, Port Arthur, Texas

June 20, 2013

Groves shooting victim identified

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — An autopsy has been ordered in the Wednesday shooting death of a Groves man who held police at bay for several hours after a woman whom he had reportably tied up escaped from the home’s bathroom window.

Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett identified the victim as 35-year-old Jason Richard.

Burnett said he was called to a residence at 6230 Jackson Blvd. in Groves Wednesday afternoon, where Richard was found in a pool of blood.

“It looked like he had been there for several hours,” Burnett said Thursday during a telephone interview.

According to a press statement issued by Groves police Wednesday, police were initially called to the residence at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday regarding a disturbance between a man and a woman. The victim had barricaded himself inside his Groves after the woman escaped and ran to a neighbor’s house.

The home is directly across the street from the Groves Lions Park, where children were playing in the spray park.

The pool and park were immediately evacuated.

The woman told police Richard threatened to kill her and bound her hands together with plastic self-locking ties.

According to the press statement, witnesses indicated Richard fired several rounds in front of his home and threatened the neighbor before barricading himself in his residence.

Police and family attempted to communicate with Richard for about three and a half hours, but were unsuccessful in making contact. After firing tear gas and a non-lethal flash bang into the home, police went inside and found the victim dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the press release.

Burnett said he is not ready to make a call on whether the gunshot was self-inflicted, but expects to provide a more definitive cause of death after results of a preliminary autopsy report is received Thursday afternoon.


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