UPDATE: Players involved in deadly Madison's police shooting identified

Chaz York (top) and Chase Welch

UPDATED 11:30 a.m., Oct. 14, 2016: Sgt. Cody Guedry with BPD says that many of the details from witness statements regarding this incident are false. According to Guedry, Officer Welch was not involved in the preceding confrontations and not in either of the altercating groups. In addition, he said reports that the victim was shot in the back were false. A subsequent autopsy revealed multiple gunshot wounds including a shot to the back, though the pathologist indicated that was not the fatal shot. 

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New information has surfaced pertaining to an officer-related shooting near the bar Madison's on Dowlen that left one person dead.

Multiple sources have identified the off-duty officer as 26-year-old Chase Welch. Family of the shooting victim have identified him as 23-year-old Chaz York, whose driver's license shows a Lumberton address. A Beaumont Police Department release indicates he's from Vidor.

According to Sgt. Cody Guedry, officers responded to the 4000 block of Dowlen Road in reference to a disturbance involving an assault on Oct. 14 just after 1 a.m. An off-duty Beaumont police officer was present as a patron during the disturbance, at which time shots were fired resulting in York's death at the scene.

The investigation has revealed that the suspect was involved in multiple disturbances and had assaulted several male and female victims, Guedry said in a press release. The off-duty officer, who was not involved in the disturbances, intervened. The suspect attempted to assault the officer with a bat and the officer discharged his firearm. The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Investigators believe the final disturbance that led to the shooting originated at Madison's and carried on into the parking lot, Guedry explained.

"There were several disturbances," Sgt. Guedry said. "We have a lot of witnesses. We're still trying to gather information.

"It's very unfortunate."

Welch is the same officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 22-year-old man earlier this year.

In that incident March 5, Welch responded to a call reporting a car theft suspect in the area of a trailer park on 23rd Street. After the suspect reportedly fired shots inside a trailer at the location, Herbert Edgar Ballance then held a gun to his own head. Welch fatally shot Ballance and was later cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident.

In this latest shooting, witnesses reported that Welch was not at the establishment in any official capacity. It was purported that he was part of the altercation between multiple patrons, including York and others, that allegedly stemmed from a disagreement over a love interest. It's was unclear at the time who was involved with whom. According to statements made to The Examiner, York left the establishment and Welch pursued him outside, ultimately firing multiple shots, striking York in the back.

Sgt. Guedry stated that many of the details were reported falsely in those statements. According to Guedry, Welch was not involved in the preceding confrontations and not in either of the altercating groups. In addition, reports that the victim was shot in the back were false.

Friday morning, Oct. 14, detectives were still interviewing multiple witnesses to the shooting and related disturbance. The incident is being investigated in conjunction with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. More information will be forthcoming once available.

The Beaumont Police Department asks any additional witnesses to contact the detective division at (409) 880-3830.

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