Beaumont officer shoots shotgun-wielding man

John Michael Bledsoe

At least one man was hospitalized after he was shot by police during an early morning call on 10th Street. 

According to a BPD press release, officers responded to a disturbance call at about 5:52 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, to find a woman who told police she had been assaulted by at least one of three males who were still inside the home drinking. 

Details of the shooting are unclear, and police say the investigation is ongoing, but soon after their arrival, police shot a man they later identified as 28-year-old John Michael Bledsoe, who they say drew a shotgun. 

“She was outside and officers were talking to her when he came out with a shotgun,” said Officer Carol Riley. 

She went on to say the suspect has a criminal history.

“He has pending charges out of Hardin County,” she said.

A search, however, revealed only a 2007 DWI charge, to which Bledsoe pleaded guilty and received one year of probation.

Bledsoe was transported to the hospital Friday and was reportedly in stable condition; he will be transported to the Jefferson County Jail upon his release, according to a BPD press release. 

Riley said police have charged Bledsoe with aggravated assault on a public servant, and more charges are pending.

Bledsoe's bond is $150,000.