Shoot and run: Beaumont man arrested for evading officers and firing a weapon in a neighborhood park

Brandon Miller, 25

Beaumont Police Department patrol officers taking a report in the 1400 block of Roberts Street on April 22 had to stop what they were doing and immediately investigate when they heard shots fired from a nearby neighborhood park, reports BPD.

According to a news release from BPD, at 6:22 p.m., patrol officers heard several gunshots in the area of Roberts Park. Officers ran to the park right away and saw a male, later identified as 25-year-old Brandon Miller of Beaumont running through the park. Officers commanded Miller to stop running and to show them his hands. Miller reportedly refused to stop, and officers pursued him on foot. Miller ran west through the park towards a residence in the 1600 block of Prairie Street. He then ran through the yard there, tossing a handgun in a trashcan near the residence. Miller continued to run from officers on Prairie Street, but was apprehended by officers on Avenue D.

Miller was allegedly found to be in possession of what officers believe to be crack cocaine, and dispatch advised officers the suspect had previous felony convictions. According to a database search, Miller has an extensive criminal record and a history of fleeing from and resisting law enforcers. He was arrested in Beaumont in May 2007 and received one year of probation for evading officers, a class B misdemeanor. His probation was later revoked, and he spent 60 days in jail. He was arrested in February and June of 2008 in Beaumont for state jail felony possession of a controlled substance charges and subsequently convicted. Miller was arrested for evading and resisting officers in Beaumont for an incident in August 2008. In March 2009, Miller was arrested for criminal trespass, and in May of that year, he was arrested for trying to elude officers yet again. In February 2010, Miller was arrested in possession of more than four ounces but less than or equal to five pounds of marijuana, a state jail felony. He was sentenced to 14 months in state jail for that offense. In May 2014, Miller was arrested for interfering with public duties and for resisting officers. According to the database, Miller has been in prison in Huntsville three separate times and spent more than two years behind bars there.

Regarding the incident at Roberts Park, Miller told officers he was shooting dice at the park and got into an argument with another man over the game. The argument escalated, and Miller said the other male struck him in the ear with a gun.

Miller was taken to Baptist hospital to have his ear tended to and be medically cleared. He was then transported to Jefferson County Jail and booked in for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Evading Arrest and Discharging a Firearm in a Municipality and Weapon Free Zone.

The suspected crack cocaine, gun and shell casings found in the park were seized and submitted to the Beaumont Police Department property room as evidence.