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Sheena Yarbrough-Powell

Beaumont Police Chief James Singletary has released the identity of an officer who was killed in the line of duty at about 2:30 Sunday morning when her patrol SUV was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. According to Chief Singletary, she is 23-year-old Sheena Yarbrough-Powell.

Singletary said Yarbrough-Powell had been an officer since December of 2018, and she had been married for only 10 months.

Meanwhile, her partner was injured and, according to Chief Singletary, was treated and later released from a hospital. The identity of that officer has not yet been released.

Police also have not yet released the identity of the person who they say was driving a Ford Mustang southbound in the northbound lanes on Cardinal Drive at the Highway 347 overpass in far southeast Beaumont. The Mustang slammed head-on into the police vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was, at last word, undergoing medical treatment.

The death of Officer Sheena Yarbrough-Powell is the 18th line of duty death for the Beaumont Police Department since 1881.

The following statement was released by Beaumont Police Chief James Singletary on Sunday:

It’s a sad day for The Beaumont Police Department and the community that our Officers proudly serve.

At 2:30 this morning, two Beaumont Police Officers were traveling Northbound on Cardinal Drive, near the Hwy 347 overpass, when they were struck head-on by a wrong way driver.

One Officer was transported to the hospital with severe injuries but is stable. He underwent surgery early this morning and has since been released. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him but we will be with him every step of the way.

Unfortunately, his partner did not survive her injuries.

Officer Sheena Yarbrough-Powell, was a 23 year old Lumberton Native. She was hired by the Beaumont Police Department as a Police Cadet on August 13, 2018. On December 20, 2018 she was sworn in as a Beaumont Police Officer. Sheena was assigned to 4th Watch Patrol. She had been married for just 10 months.

There’s no doubt that it’s an extremely difficult time to be a Police Officer but it’s also an extremely important time. Our Officers and Dispatchers have done a remarkable job during this difficult time but today, we are hurting.

The next few days, weeks, months and years will be difficult for Sheena’s family, both blood and blue but we will get through this together with the help of our community.

I would like to say thank you to the State Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety for responding and leading the investigation of the crash. I would also like the thank the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lamar P.D. for stepping in and answering our calls for service while most of our Officers were on the scene of the crash.

Also, I want to ask our community to not only keep Sheena’s family and the police department in your prayers but Beaumont EMS and Fire Department. Police, Fire and EMS go hand-in-hand. We are all first responders and our paths cross multiple times throughout our respective shifts. So this loss is hard for them too.

We have already started to feel the outpouring of support from the community and it means more than you know. There will be more information released as we plan the services to honor Sheena’s life.

Chief James Singletary

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