Violent Sunday leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in separate incidents

Published 1:27 pm Sunday, June 30, 2024

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It was a busy weekend for Port Arthur police as they responded to multiple shootings Sunday night.

PAPD is investigating the death of a 27-year-old man found shot in his car in the 800 block of Procter Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The man was brought to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas where he was pronounced dead. Justice of the Peace Ben Collins Jr. ordered an autopsy.

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Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said they are calling the death suspicious at this point.

“Witnesses are telling us it was accidental,” Duriso said. “We are calling it suspicious because it has not been thoroughly investigated yet.

The deceased man is identified as Troyne Mitchell of Port Arthur.

While at the scene, police heard shots from an establishment at 711 Procter St.

Officers found two men with gunshot wounds to the legs. Neither of the men wanted to pursue legal action, Duriso said.

A male suspect was apprehended and a weapon retrieved. He was identified as Herbert Mouton, 27, and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

It is unknown how the alleged suspect was able to enter the business with a weapon as the establishment has private security at the door.

Prior to the shooting at approximately 1 a.m., Port Arthur police enlisted backup from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to clear a large crowd from the parking lot at the Bob Bowers Civic Center following a Memorial High School Class of 2014 reunion.

An ambulance was called for a female but when the EMS arrived they could not find the woman, Duriso said.

Police had anticipated there being after-parties following the reunion and had planned to go to another location when they received the call for Procter Street.

Duriso is asking for witnesses and those with cell phone or security camera images/video from the Procter Street incidents to call police at 409-983-8600.