Crime

Son of former Jackson County judge indicted in fire, shooting at parents' home

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Officials investigate the scene where a man fired on officers responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on the 500 block of General Pershing Avenue in Ocean Springs. Timothy Beaugez, 55, is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and was treated for smoke inhalation at the Ocean Springs Hospital. A Jackson County grand jury indicted Beaugez on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Officials investigate the scene where a man fired on officers responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on the 500 block of General Pershing Avenue in Ocean Springs. Timothy Beaugez, 55, is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and was treated for smoke inhalation at the Ocean Springs Hospital. A Jackson County grand jury indicted Beaugez on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. SUN HERALD

PASCAGOULA -- A Jackson County grand jury has indicted an Ocean Springs man accused of setting fire to his parents' home and firing a shotgun at responding police officers.

Timothy Beaugez, 53, is out of jail on bond on two counts of felony aggravated assault on a police officer and one count each of first-degree arson and shooting into a dwelling.

Beaugez has pleaded not guilty.

A relative of the Beaugez family said Beaugez, who had been estranged from his family, went to his parents' home on General Pershing Avenue in Ocean Springs on Oct. 9, 2013, with gasoline in a 2-liter soda bottle.

Police said he used the gas to set fire to the wood-framed home, while his father, a retired Jackson County Court judge and Ocean Springs police officer -- along with other relatives -- were inside.

Beaugez's family escaped safely, but Timothy Beaugez remained inside until police arrived.

When Ocean Springs officers Gary Smith and Glen Fox approached the home, they said, Beaugez shot at them with a shotgun.

Shotgun pellets hit one of the officers in the face, police said. He drove himself to Ocean Springs Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The fire gutted a portion of the family's home. Repairs are being made.

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