An apparent dispute turned fatal early Saturday morning leaving one man dead and another young man staring at a lengthy prison sentence.
Port Arthur police arrested 23-year-old Joshua Thomas of Port Arthur and he's facing a first degree murder charge. He's sitting in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility with a $750,000 bond. The shooting took place at 1048 12 St, where the victim, Michael Walker, 48, was living with his girlfriend, who owns the home. Walker, who hailed from Georgia, was believed to be in the area working at one of the refineries.
According to police, Walker, 48, was shot in the abdomen around 12:30 a.m. following an argument with Thomas. Walker, shot with a .22 caliber handgun, was taken to Christus St. Mary's where he was pronounced dead. According to Port Arthur Police, Walker and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument where Walker is alleged to have left the woman with a black eye. That prompted the dispute between Walker and Thomas, police believe. The investigation into the homicide continues.