Suspect shot during confrontation with officers

Ivory Pantallion III

An armed man apparently attempting to escape arrest was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers Nov. 22, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

JCSO Deputy Marcus McLellan reports that deputies attempted a traffic stop on a 1998 Mercedes SUV traveling westbound on I-10 at approximately 8:53 a.m. The driver refused to stop and began driving evasively. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to assist deputies at approximately 9:20 a.m.

As the suspect traveled into Chambers County, a Chambers County deputy reported that the suspect displayed a firearm, McLellan stated in a news release. As the vehicle continued into Harris County on I-10, the suspect then allegedly attempted to strike a Baytown Police Department officer who was deploying spike strips. Troopers ultimately used a PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, to stop the vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation, the driver again displayed his firearm, and troopers and deputies discharged their firearms in response. The suspect, who was later identified as Ivory C. Pantallion III, 36, of Beaumont, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Texas Rangers, Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Baytown Police Department. No additional information is available at this time, reports McLellan.

Pantallion, a rapper also known as Ivory P, had multiple arrests during his lifetime, including an arrest for kidnapping and human trafficking in Louisiana in 2013 related to a missing Huntsville teen.

According to Examiner archives, Pantallion was held on a $1 million bond for allegedly kidnapping a 19-year-old Huntsville woman and using her as a prostitute on a local sex site, WHNT 19 News in Lake Charles, La. reported in September 2013. 

Police told WHNT 19 that the 19-year-old woman willingly left with Pantallion the previous week, but her willingness faded once it was clear she would be working for him as a prostitute in Beaumont and later in Lake Charles. 

“Once they arrived in Beaumont, the victim’s phone was taken away and she was given a prepaid phone,” Lake Charles police said in a press release following the arrest. “The victim was shown her personal Web page on an Internet site advertising her as an escort and was told she would provide escort services for men. After one night in Beaumont, the victim and suspects traveled to Lake Charles. Once there, the suspects established another personal Web page advertising the victim as an escort in the Lake Charles area.” 

According to the news release, the 19-year-old victim phoned her mother once she was back in Lake Charles and the victim’s parents were able to help police locate the missing girl. 

The 19-year-old victim was found uninjured by police, and Pantallion and a Tennessee woman were arrested for kidnapping in that case. 

Pantallion has been arrested multiple times previously in Jefferson County and other jurisdictions on charges including manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass, theft and evading arrest in a vehicle. He spent time in prison in Texas and was last released from a Huntsville facility in May 2012, according to a criminal database. 

Investigators are still working to determine why Pantallion fled and then fired on officers, McLellan told The Examiner. 

To see the original story on the car chase and shooting from Nov. 22 go to http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/officers-shoot-man-baytown-after-high-speed-chase-i-10

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