Police in Beaumont arrest man with "grenade"

Charles Fisher

Police in Beaumont arrested a 51-year-old Beaumont man Sept. 20 when the man fled the scene of a traffic stop and then, once cornered, threatened officers with a grenade, reports Officer Haley Walters of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD). 

According to a news release from BPD, officers responded to the 7200 block of Highway 105 in Beaumont in reference to a warrant service at about 7:30 p.m. Officers arrived and saw the wanted man, Charles Fisher, traveling in a vehicle in the area of Higway 105 and North Major Drive. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Fisher, who was driving a Gold Chevy Impala. When officers approached Fisher’s vehicle and asked him to step out, an officer observed an empty handgun holster on the floorboard of the driver’s seat. Fisher told Officers that there was a handgun in the vehicle, then made the statement that he “was going to end this.” Fisher reached toward the center console, and the officers took cover. At that time, Fisher drove away from the traffic stop.

A brief vehicle pursuit ensued, which ended in the driveway of Fisher’s residence in the 5700 block of Kristen Lane. Fisher drove his vehicle into his garage and attempted to close the door; however, officers prevented the door from being shut. Fisher exited his vehicle with an object in his hand and told the officers that he had "a grenade." Fisher then began manipulating the device, which officers believed he was attempting to detonate. Officers were able to deploy a Taser to subdue Fisher. While on the ground, Fisher was still attempting to detonate the device, but officers were able to get the grenade away from him and detain him in handcuffs. ATF was notified and responded to the scene to take custody of the class 2 explosive device. According to Walters, the device was an explosive simulated grenade, and the ATF is examining it.

Fisher was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was booked in on two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Evading Detention with a Motor Vehicle, as well as his outstanding Jefferson County warrant. Fisher is being held on bonds that total $110,000.