Man indicted for robbery, shootout with police

Mitchell James Clay


A Beaumont man has been indicted for a robbery that even- tually hospitalized him after a shootout with police.

Mitchell Clay, 35, of Beaumont, was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury Sept. 12 for aggravated robbery and aggra- vated assault on a public servant, both first-degree felonies.

Clay’s crime spree began Saturday, Aug. 24, at about 11 p.m., according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner. Police were called to the Sunshine Market at 3310 Concord to find the clerk who told officers his store had just been robbed. The clerk said the suspect tried to force him into opening the safe and threat- ened his life at least twice at gunpoint, but the clerk was unable to open the safe. After getting a description —the clerk described a man wearing yellow rubber gloves, dark sunglasses and sporting a large silver revolver — police said they eventually caught up to Clay in the 3300 block of Cleve- land, and he opened fire twice on officers.

Police returned fire and some six hours later, Clay was apprehended by police after a family member called EMS due to his broken arm.

“Clay’s arm was broken,” the probable cause affidavit reads. “However, the break was caused by a gunshot wound to the back of his left arm. While at the hospital, Clay made a state- ment to a nurse, (name withheld), in which he stated he had been shot by the police while on Cleveland Street.”

The case has been assigned to Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court.