Sabine Pass man dies after being shot in mouth during burglary

Jonah Rivera |

On Jan 26, at 2:30 a.m., Port Arthur Police Department officers responded to a home invasion at 7530 South 4th Ave in Sabine Pass, PAPD spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

Upon arrival, officers located a male white, Jonah Rivera, with injuries to his mouth and facial area. The victim was incoherent and unable to provide any useful information at the initial investigation. The victim was immediately transported to St. Elizabeth for medical treatment. Officers were able to gather limited information, and learned that several masked subjects arrived at the residence searching for a subject.

Rivera confronted these subjects and an altercation ensued. Rivera sustained visible injuries to his facial area as the result.

Officers responding to the location and observed a small passenger vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed leaving Sabine Pass. Officers pursued the vehicle into Port Arthur, and later found the vehicle abandoned in the 4500 block of 13th St. Officers had reason to believe this vehicle was involved in the incident that occurred in Sabine Pass.

About three hours later, Port Arthur Police Department learned that Rivera passed away at the hospital from the injuries sustained during the incident. The Criminal Investigation Division began investigating the incident and later learned that Rivera was shot in the mouth.

Anyone with further information about this incident should contact the PAPD's Criminal Investigation Division at (409) 983-8624.

- Port Arthur Police Department