Police release few details following masked break-in turned fatal shooting

Published 5:24 pm Friday, April 17, 2020

Port Arthur Police identified Jaylon Howard, 26, as the victim of a Wednesday night robbery turned fatal shooting at Valley View Estates.

Few details are being released by police at this time, and it is not known if the victim resided at the location where he died.

Police Chief Tim Duriso said Valley View is a gated community, adding he is not sure how the assailants gained entrance.

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A witness told police several people wearing masks and armed with guns forced their way into an apartment at about 10:22 p.m. Wednesday.

A further description of the suspects such as gender, clothing or number of suspects is not being released, Det. Sadie Guedry said, adding only that there were “multiple unknown subjects.”

Howard, a Port Arthur resident, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the upper part of his body. Police aren’t saying if he was shot more than one time. Jefferson County Pct. 8 Justice of the Peace Tom Gilliam III pronounced the victim dead, and an autopsy was ordered.

No other occupants of the residence were injured during the incident but police are not saying how many other people were there at the time.

It s also unknown if Howard was the target, though most of the time when a home invasion occurs, the location was a target location.

Howard’s death is the second homicide in the city this year.

If you have information on this or any other crime, call the Port Arthur Police Department at 409-983-8600 or Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at 409-833-TIPS.

You won’t be asked your name and you may be eligible for a cash reward. You can also make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.