Cooperative shooter arrested

Lawrence McCartney

On Thursday, July 12 at 8:57 p.m., officers responded to the 4300 block of Flamingo in reference to a victim of a shooting. According to a press release from Beaumont Police, upon arriveing at the scene officers located an unresponsive male in a vehicle. The vehicle was on the front lawn of a residence. EMS responded but the victim, a Beaumont man, was deceased. Investigators learned the disturbance started at the victim’s residence. Witnesses said the victim was intoxicated, arguing with other people at the house and neighbors. The victim struck a pole with his vehicle and continued to drive recklessly, argue and threaten people in the area. The victim threatened and struck a neighbor with his vehicle. The neighbor, Lawrence McCartney a 31-year-old Beaumont man, told officers he feared for his life and shot the victim. He is cooperating with detectives and the investigation is ongoing. The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office to submit to the grand jury.

The victim is identified as Arthur Crooks, a 58-year-old Beaumont Man. An arrest was not initially made, however the case was sent over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, a Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted McCartney on the charge of murder. McCartney was arrested Thursday, Sept. 27, on his murder warrant and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. His bond is set at $250,000.

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