Fannett man shoots father, leads police on high-speed chase


A Fannett man is in jail after shooting his father and leading police on a high-speed chase between Beaumont and Fannett Sunday night, Nov. 3.

Around 9:21 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a shooting in the 14100 block of Gray Road in Fannett following an argument between Daniel Moton, 45, of Fannett, and his father, whose name has not yet been released. The caller told dispatch that an individual had been shot at the residence and the shooter, who was later identified as Moton, had fled the scene in a blue F250 Ford pick-up truck.

Jefferson County deputies responded to the call and spotted Moton's vehicle on Highway 124 near Gaulding Road, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office press release.  Deputies stopped Moton, but he then took off heading east on Highway 124 with speeds exceeding 100 mph. Deputies attempted to deploy a spike strip on the vehicle, but the vehicle was able to avoid the strip by driving around it on the grass, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Rod Carroll. The vehicle turned north on Major Drive, then headed east on I-10 before exiting Walden Road. Mouton then headed east on Highway 124 toward the 4900 block of Fannett Road (Highway 124) to a residence police later identified as the home of Moton's mother.

Moton exited his vehicle, disregarding commands of deputies and running toward his mother's residence, the press release states. Deputies tased Moton, and he was then taken into custody without any further incident. The weapon used in the shooting was recovered from Moton's vehicle, Carroll said.

Carroll said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision by police to use non-lethal force on Moton.

"We didn't know it was his mother's house he was running towards or just a residence," Carroll said. "It's one of those split-second decisions you have to make. Basically you try to use the least amount of force as possible or necessary to effect an arrest. If he'd been running toward the house with a gun in his hand that we'd seen visible, then it probably would have been a different outcome."

Deputies located Moton's father in the Gray Road residence with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower torso. He was treated by medics and transported to Christus-St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Carroll said the victim is in stable condition, but remains in the hospital.

Moton is being charged with family aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and detention with a motor vehicle and remains in Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $57,500.

No one was injured during the high-speed chase, Carroll said.

"This is one of those pursuits that fortunately ended with no injuries," he said.

The investigation is on-going and further information will be distributed as it becomes available, Carroll said.