Deputy Involved in Point Blank Shooting Fatally Shot Two Others in Beaumont in 2016

Beaumont police officer Chase Welch is shown with a rifle approaching Herbert Ballance’s home on March 5, 2016 in Beaumont. Welch shot and killed Ballance. The photo was taken by a Ballance family member from behind a bush.

A recently hired San Jacinto County sheriff’s deputy under investigation for an Aug. 6 shooting that wounded a man also fatally shot two men in separate incidents while serving as an officer with the Beaumont Police Department last year.

Sheriff Greg Capers confirmed in a statement Wednesday that deputy Chase Welch shot 48-year-old Vance Chastean May during an Aug. 6 security check shortly before midnight at a Chevron convenience store in the 6800 block of U.S. 190 in Point Blank.

May, who was shot once in the shoulder, is expected to recover.

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to The Eastex Advocate’s open records request for more details surrounding the shooting and has not released any information regarding why the deputy was called to the convenience store.

The Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers and FBI are continuing to investigate the incident.

The 26-year-old Welch, who is a former Marine, started July 25 with the Sheriff’s Office, according to information obtained from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Records show Welch, who received his peace officer’s license in January 2012, resigned from the Beaumont PD in February following the two fatal officer-involved shootings just seven months apart in 2016.

Grand juries declined to indict him in both shooting cases in Jefferson County.

According to the Beaumont Enterprise, also a Hearst newspaper, Welch, who also previously had been disciplined for inappropriate use of potentially deadly force, shot and killed Herbert Ballance IV, 22, at a 23rd Street trailer park in Beaumont using a scoped rifle on March 5, 2016.

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