Police arrest shooter in triple homicide

Latrina Hall (left) and Allen Hancock (right)

Police say they’ve found at least two suspects responsible for one of the most deadly shootings in Beaumont’s recent history, and Beaumont’s police chief expects at least two other arrests. 

Thursday, June 27, at about 9:27 p.m., officers responded to a report of multiple shooting victims outside a house in the 1000 block of Prairie Street at Park Street. When officers arrived, they discovered five gunshot victims on the Prairie Street side of the residence under the carport. Three subjects were deceased on the scene: Macgarrett Jack, a 28-year-old resident of Beaumont; Preston Wilson, a 62-year-old resident of Beaumont; and Joshua Ceasar, a 29-year-old resident of Beaumont. Two subjects were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Initial reports indicated that the victims were playing dominos under the carport when they were approached by several armed subjects who demanded that the victims “don’t move and give it up.” After shooting the victims, the suspects fled west on Prairie where they may have gotten into a small dark-colored S.U.V., which struck a parked vehicle as the driver fled the area. 

According to a BPD press release, police have issued a capital murder warrant for 27-year-old Beaumont resident Allen Hancock, who has been incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail for unrelated warrants since July 17. 

Police also issued a capital murder warrant for the arrest of Latrina Hall, who was arrested in Port Arthur Tuesday, Aug. 6, and taken to the Jefferson County Jail where she was interviewed by detectives. 

Hall said little to reporters as she was led to jail Aug 6 other than denying the allegations of capital murder. 

Investigators familiar with the case said Hall’s vehicle was used in the murders, but that she was uncooperative with investigators. 

“We had multiple victims, multiple witnesses that weren’t cooperating and multiple shooters,” said BPD Chief Jimmy Singletary. 

Beaumont’s police chief went on to say the shooting is still under investigation and at least two other arrests are expected. 

“We feel like we’re going to have some more arrests in,” he said. “We feel like there were some more shooters involved, and we’ll get ‘em.” 

Singletary said Hancock, who’s currently in custody, was likely one of the shooters. 

“There were a lot of people who knew about this case but didn’t want to talk,” he said. “And the one’s who were talking were lying. But these people are going to be filed on for capital murder, and that’s a big deal.” 

Singletary confirmed that the shootings were over a gambling debt, saying the shooters may have been owed thousands of dollars in winnings that were never paid. 

“Whatever the reason was, it wasn’t worth three people dying ... and two other people getting shot,” he said.