Chaz York

After pulling the trigger in two fatal shootings in less than a year’s time while sworn to protect and serve as an officer of the Beaumont Police Department, Chase Welch exited the ranks of the local law enforcement agency early in 2017. San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is now under their employ, but he was not in the office Wednesday, Aug. 9, allegedly because he was under review for involvement in yet another officer-involved shooting at his new job.

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Chaz York (Facebook.com)

On the heels of the victim’s autopsy report, finalized Dec. 2, a Jefferson County grand jury has elected not to pursue charges against a Beaumont police officer involved in shooting a man outside a bar in October.

According to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, on Dec. 7 the grand jury “declined to take action in the officer involved shooting of Chaz York, ruling it to be justified.”

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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.

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