Ron Reynolds & Scott Lawrence
ORANGE - A man has died after he was shot by an off-duty officer with the Orange Police Department during a disturbance outside an auto parts store late Monday afternoon, according to Police Chief Sam Kittrell.
James Whitehead, 28, of West Orange, was taken to a hospital by ambulance from O'Reilly Auto Parts on 16th Street in Orange at about 5 p.m. Monday.
He died a short time later at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
The officer wasn't hurt.
Witnesses identified the officer as Capt. Robert Arnold. Chief Kittrell wouldn't release the officer's name.
An employee at the store told KFDM News a customer who wanted to return merchandise was arguing with the manager and became belligerent.
The manager called 911.
The employee said an off-duty officer with the Orange Police Department, Capt. Robert Arnold, was in the store with his daughter and witnessed the disturbance. The employee said the customer called Arnold, who is a black, a 'coon.' The employee said Arnold told the customer he didn't like him using derogatory language around the girl.