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One of several Port Arthur Police Department officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation has been reinstated effective March 20, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter. 

"Owens has been reassigned as a shift commander within the field operations division," Carpenter stated in an email. 

Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Owens was a major in the criminal investigations division at PAPD. He was demoted to lieutenant in field operations. 

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Patrice Young

The Port Arthur woman wanted for hitting a Port Arthur officer with her car turned herself in Feb. 26, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcus McLellan.

PAPD police had been searching for Patrice Young, 37, since Feb. 12, when she allegedly stole a flatscreen TV from the Bridge City Walmart, Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin said in a press conference on Feb. 13.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a shooting that left one man dead at the Baymont Inn & Suites on Highway 73 Dec. 29, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

Police responded to a report of shots fired at the hotel shortly after 9 p.m. Responding units discovered a 29-year-old Port Arthur resident deceased at the scene and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

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Photos courtesy of Detective Joe Paul and the PAPD

Two recent accidental shootings in Port Arthur suggest some residents don’t how to safely handle weapons, and the number of new gun owners grows all the time. This year alone, the FBI recorded 185,713 background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background system for Black Friday purchases in the U.S., 400 more than 2015, Business Insider reported Nov. 28.

Although they’re often given as presents, firearms are not toys. Mishandled, they can lead to injuries that range from embarrassing to life threatening.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a violent altercation during which a woman reportedly slashed her common law husband across the face with a knife, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) Sgt. Shawn Perron.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a home invasion at an apartment complex that occurred early on Nov. 8, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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Manuel Delacruz

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Oct. 5 that a grand jury has returned a no bill in the matter of the in-custody death of Manuel Delacruz, 26, of Port Arthur on Aug. 1.

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Police are investigating an incident that left a 14-year-old with two gunshot wounds July 11, reports the Port Arthur Police Department. 

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Police ultimately arrested a man who led them on chase through the city of Port Arthur as officers investigated a report that the man was repeatedly ramming the gates at the Motiva refinery with his car, reports Sgt. R. Rowe of the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating an aggravated assault of a man reportedly involved in an altercation at the Baymont Inn and Suites at 3801 Highway 73 on May 28.

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