Shooting in Orange County

Shooting in Orange County

Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) investigators are still trying to sort out the details of a shooting that occurred Thursday, March 10, and say an arrest could be forthcoming. 

According to a news release from OCSO, deputies responded to 911 call in reference to a shooting at a trailer park in the 12000 block of Highway 62 North at 4:51 p.m. The caller told dispatch that a male subject had been shot and another man was still in the area with a shotgun.

As deputies and detectives arrived at the trailer park, they saw the injured man, 33-year-old Jason Bourgeois, lying near his residence while the alleged shooter, 55-year-old Marc Benoit, standing in the roadway. Witnesses identified Benoit as the assailant, and officers quickly detained him, securing his nearby shotgun.

After speaking with several witnesses, investigators determined that a disturbance had occurred between Bourgeois and Benoit’s daughter. Both men were seen with shotguns.  The disturbance escalated, and Bourgeois was shot receiving wounds to the upper portion of his body.

Detectives transported Benoit to the Sheriff’s Office to obtain a statement. He was not arrested. 

Bourgeois was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and was reported to be in critical but stable condition at the time of the release.

Sheriff Keith Merritt stated a thorough investigation would continue and arrests could follow pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime or any other felony crime should contact Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS. Callers could earn up to a $1000 reward, and all calls are anonymous.