Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

Silsbee man questioned and detained after 24 hours.

By Daniel Elizondo, Editor

Kountze and Silsbee PD along with Hardin County Sheriff's office questioned and arrested a Silsbee man in the fatal shooting of James Steven Clem of Lumberton after a drug deal gone bad in Kountze on Tuesday evening.

Kountze Police Chief Brent Slaughter said witnesses and family came forward before police detained and questioned 28-year-old Terrance Williams of Silsbee at the Silsbee Police Department.

After lengthy questioning, Williams punched a brick wall at the Silsbee PD causing an injury to his hand that forced authorities in transporting him to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Kountze PD returned with Williams at around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning to book him into the Hardin County jail and charge him with murder.

Slaughter said Williams had been living in a home at 6th Street and Oak Street, a block away from where the shooting occurred in Kountze.

Clem was fatally shot in the shoulder on Tuesday at around 11:30 p.m. after a botched drug deal. Police found 5.3 grams of methamphetamine in the truck that Clem, his pregnant common-law wife and another woman were in at the time of the shooting, police said.

Slaughter said they did not find an exit wound of the bullet in Clem, and an autopsy has been ordered, which will occur at 1:30 p.m. today.

Photo by Daniel Elizondo, Silsbee Bee

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