Port Arthur Police Department

A suspect involved in a stabbing in Port Arthur Sunday night is still at large.

Port Arthur Police responded to a report of a stabbing at Kansas and W. 13th Street on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 12:35 a.m.

Two victims, 23 and 25-year-old and Port Arthur residents, were assaulted and “identified the same suspect,” according to the report.


Port Arthur Police are looking for a gunman after a reported shooting near 440 Procter Street in downtown Friday, Oct. 28. Just before midnight, PAPD received a report of a shooting near Wellborn’s.

Officers located the crime scene and “numerous spent shell casings,” according to the release. PAPD’s Crime Scene Unit responded to photograph and collect evidence at the scene.


When the new Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin addressed the Press Club of Southeast Texas on Oct. 20, he said he wants to “engage the community,” especially young people. He also referred to current tensions involving police, explaining how he hopes to help officers combat stresses and provide resources for dealing with mental health concerns like PTSD.

Speaking at Café del Rio in Beaumont, he began with his past experiences in Arizona and in traffic enforcement in Washington, D.C. He said he “learned a lot from the Salt River community.”


Sunday, Oct. 2, about 1 a.m., Port Arthur Police Department responded to a call regarding shots fired at the Avery Trace Apartments on FM 365.

PAPD reports that the suspect fired into a crowd near the apartment complex parking lot, wounding two people. Seven vehicles were also damaged during the shooting.

The victims were transported to the Southeast Texas Medical Center and released with minor injuries.

The suspect remains at large.


Saturday, Oct. 1 about 4 p.m., several 911 calls came into the Port Arthur Police Department reporting an accident with injuries at Gulfway Drive and San Antonio Avenue.

Officers responding to the scene discovered a GMC pickup that collided with a Toyota, trapping four people inside.

PAPD freed three injured people from the Toyota, but the other passenger was deceased. Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam identified the deceased as Bridgette Miles-Davis, 57, of Port Arthur.


Beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and Port Arthur Police Department's Advanced Accident Investigation Team are closing all southbound lanes at the 69/73 interchange to reconstruct an accident scene. 

There was a fatal accident in which at least one car was engulfed in flames earlier this week, as previously reported by the Examiner. 

Traffic will be diverted to Highway 73 east or west bound during this time. Northbound 69 will remain open for travel. 


Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:14 p.m., the Port Arthur police and fire departments received a 911 call reporting a major accident at 39th Street and Memorial Boulevard.

Officers responding to the scene “found one vehicle engulfed in flames,” a PAPD release said. After the fire was extinguished, responders discovered one occupant inside the charred vehicle.


Port Arthur Police reported a man’s body was recovered from the waterway near Taylor’s Bayou Bridge the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 24.

The body was discovered after the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office received a call at 2:07 p.m. that “a person had gone underwater at the Taylor’s Bayou Bridge on Highway 73 in Port Arthur,” according to a JCSO release.


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


Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) personnel and detectives with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) are investigating the apparent drowning death of a special needs child that occurred July 2, PAPD reports.