Suspected thief shot dead by Beaumont store clerk taken to jail

A suspected thief who was apparently shot dead by a Beaumont store worker in July has been released from hospital and taken to jail.

William Coleman, 62, was charged with aggravated robbery and taken to Jefferson County Jail by the Beaumont Police Department on Tuesday, according to jail records and a police update.

“Bail is now $300,000,” police said in the update.

Detectives obtained an aggravated robbery warrant for Coleman on July 23 after he was hospitalized for injuries apparently sustained in the alleged robbery at the grocery store.

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Officers initially received a call for theft in progress shortly after 11:30 p.m. at the grocery store at 2810 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. His bail was set at $250,000.

“The dispatcher advised that the store clerk called 9-1-1 and said a man was robbing the store with a knife,” police previously said. “As officers were en route, the clerk advised that she had shot the suspect.”

Police said officers who arrived at the scene found the store clerk and Coleman inside the store.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that during the robbery, the suspect entered the store, displayed a knife and physically attacked the saleswoman before she discharged her firearm,” police previously said.

The store clerk suffered several minor injuries in the incident. Coleman was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

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