BPD detectives investigating first homicide of New Year
Monday, Jan. 6, at about 7:50 p.m., Beaumont Police Department patrol officers responded to a reported shooting victim in the 5600 block of Lancaster. Officers arrived and found 20-year-old Emanuel Burleigh of Beaumont with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. Paramedics on scene said the man was dead.
Officers located the suspect at the scene and he voluntarily accompanied detectives to the police station to give a statement. Detectives also took statements from other witnesses at the scene.
Information is still very preliminary, BPD said in a press release, but at this point in the investigation, it appears that the victim and suspect were acquaintances. According to witnesses, they had been involved in an altercation at another location earlier in the evening. The two parted after that altercation. According to the press release, after the first disturbance, the victim apparently showed up at the house in the 5600 block of Lancaster and confronted the suspect again. The disturbance became physical and the suspect produced a gun and fired it at the victim.
Judge Nancy Beaulieu responded and ordered an autopsy, which will may be performed Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7. Preliminary results from that autopsy are not expected for two to four weeks.
The man who shot Burleigh is not currently in custody. At the completion of the investigation, BPD will forward its findings to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Officer for further review, the department said.