Father shoots son in Vidor

Father shoots son in Vidor

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating a shooting that took place on Chandler Street in Vidor Saturday evening, July 27.

According to a news release, OCSO received a call at approximately 7:15 p.m. about the shooting. Upon arrival at a residence in the 6400 block of Chandler Street, deputies found a man at the scene with three gunshot wounds. The gunshot victim was identified as Douglas Kevin Conn, a 47-year-old Vidor resident. He was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont by Acadian Ambulance Service. According to the report, the victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and underwent treatment at the hospital. He was later released.

Investigators determined that the incident occurred at a residence in the 5400 block of Chandler St. Investigators spoke with the victim at the hospital and the victim advised that his father had shot him. The father was identified as Douglas Harlan Conn, a 67-year-old Vidor resident.     

The shooting is under investigation, and no arrests have been made in this case at this time. The victim told deputies he does not wish to press charges, OCSO Sergeant Chad Hogan confirmed.

"There's not a lot we can do," Hogan said. "The son said he did not wish to press charges. There was some sort of altercation between the son and dad, and the dad ended up shooting him."

Hogan said the older Conn reportedly asked his son to leave, and when the son refused, the altercation escalated leaving the younger man injured. He speculated alcohol and possibly prescription pills played factors in the incident.

The shooting is the second recent high-profile incidence of family violence in the area. On July 18 in Orange, police arrested 21-year-old Robert Wyatt Walter of Bridge City for the murder of his stepfather, 38-year-old John W. Lee Jr. of Orange, after witnesses reported Walter pummeled Lee to death at the victim's birthday party. Orange Police said alcohol was involved in that incident.

"It happens more often than you think," OCSO Sgt. Hogan said regarding incidents of extreme domestic violence. "Usually, there is alcohol or some other substance that factors into it."