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CITY OF BEAUMONT: Beaumont Man Arrested for Assault on Public Servant- 2 Officers Injured- 4 Exposed to Suspect’s Bodily Fluids

By Press release submission | Jul 16, 2018

City of Beaumont issued the following announcement on July 5.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 12:03 p.m., Beaumont Police responded to 2675 S. 4th (Shop N Save) in reference to a disturbance in which the suspect was believed to be intoxicated on PCP. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, Joseph Raymond Murphy, a 40 year old Beaumont man, entered the store and began shattering bottles. He then went outside, walked through traffic, removing his clothes and used his hand to shatter the windshield of a vehicle. Officers arrived in the area of 4th and Roberts and attempted to take Murphy into custody. Murphy, charged one Officer and struck him multiple times, transferring a large amount of blood onto the Officer’s face and neck. 

Murphy also spit saliva on the Officers during the altercation. Murphy was eventually taken into custody by 4 Officers, all of whom were exposed to Murphy’s blood/saliva. 

Two of the Officers sustained minor injuries in addition to the exposure. Murphy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injury and intoxication prior to being transported to the Jefferson County Jail. Murphy was charged with Assault on a Public Servant, Harassment of a Public Servant, and Resisting Transport. All Officers involved are being treated for their injuries/exposure.

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