Former Port Arthur cop found murdered, suspect identified

A former Port Arthur Police officer was found dead in his home in the 2200 block of Glenwood on Sunday.
Police are treating the incident as a murder and a person of interest has been identified.
PAPD Maj. Raymond Clark said the victim, identified as Chris Jeffries, 47, was on the police force about six years and resigned in the late 1990’s. He had been working at a local refinery and was last seen on Friday. He did not report for work over the weekend.
Police spoke with the finance of the deceased man and asked permission to check on his welfare, she refused. Law enforcement later kicked in the door of the home and found Jefferies dead in a back room. The exact cause of death was not released as of 7 p.m. Justice of the Peace Marc DeRouen was on scene as well as numerous police officers.
Clark said police are waiting for a search warrant to be signed by a district court judge.
Neighbors described an on again-off again relationship between the deceased and the fiance and at least one neighbor heard noise that may have been the crime.
JIm Bailey, who lives next door to Jefferies, said his nephew heard noise around 9 p.m. Friday and his dogs “going crazy in the back.” His nephew went to check and heard two loud noises, possibly gunshots, as well as a deep voiced man on Jefferies porch that wasn’t the voice of the victim.
No further information is available at this time.
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