KPD Identifies Suspect from Pursuit

UPDATE – September 1, 2018

On Friday, August 31, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and 29 year-old Mario Martin of Killeen was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and one count of Evading Arrest in a Vehicle.

On Saturday, September 01, 2018, Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking arraigned Mario Martin, setting his bond totaling $600,000. Martin is currently in the custody of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

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On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 3:52 p.m., Killeen Police were involved in a pursuit near the Cantabrian area after the driver of a black SUV refused to stop. The driver led officers on Elms Road when the driver entered the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Elms Road and collided into a black SUV. The suspect driver then rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser forcing the officer to discharge his weapon. The suspect received a gunshot wound from the shooting and was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. David Roberts with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD and Texas Rangers Investigate a Pursuit and Crash

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 3:52 p.m., Killeen Police were involved in a pursuit near the Cantabrian area after the driver of a black SUV refused to stop.  The driver led officers on Elms Road when the driver entered the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Elms Road and collided into a black SUV.  The suspect driver then rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser forcing the officer to discharge his weapon.  The suspect received a gunshot wound from the shooting and was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. David Roberts with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

 

KPD Investigates a Bank Robbery

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, at approximately 11:19am, we received a 911 call in reference to a bank robbery at the BBVA Compass Bank located at 1300 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Officers’ were told that a male entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10” and weighing approximately 200-220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue denim long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, a camouflage ball cap and sunglasses. The suspect may have a patch over his right eye.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, obtained photos of the suspect and are asking anyone who can identify him or may have information to contact Crime Stoppers at 526-TIPS (8477), go online anonymously at http://www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637. Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip. All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the suspect in this bank robbery you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

Cantabrian Community Clean-Up

The Killeen Police Department COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Unit has identified a community outreach program to assist residents in the Cantabrian neighborhood of Killeen.  This program is designed to help clean the neighborhood in ways to deny concealment to criminals, instill neighborhood pride and ownership, and improve neighborhood and Police Department relations.

Chief Kimble says “This cleanup event is an example of community policing between the neighborhood and Police Department, by developing partnerships and working together to combat crime we will make our neighborhoods safer for everyone”.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Victim and Suspect

UPDATE

August 19, 2018

The shooting victim in this Murder has been identified as 41 year-old Deandre Patrick Thomas of Killeen.

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and issued a complaint charging 45 year-old Reginald Ferlandus Jackson with Murder. Jackson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown and set his bond at $500,000.

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On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at approximately 1:48 a.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting victim at the OBok Restaurant and Club located 2815 S Ft Hood Street. Upon the officers arrival they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 41 year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 2:46 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a weapon and shot the victim.

One person has been arrested and charges are pending through the Bell County District Attorneys Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit continue to investigate this Murder and ask any witnesses that were at this incident to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8830.

Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Early Morning Homicide

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at approximately 1:48 a.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting victim at the OBok Restaurant and Club located 2815 S Ft Hood Street. Upon the officers arrival they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 41 year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 2:46 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a weapon and shot the victim.

One person has been arrested and charges are pending through the Bell County District Attorneys Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit continue to investigate this Murder and ask any witnesses that were at this incident to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8830.

Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

KPD Locates a Stolen Vehicle

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at approximately 2:16 p.m., the Killeen Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a stolen black Ford pickup on John Road. Officers located the vehicle traveling near the intersection of Cranford Avenue and 40th Street and attempted to conduct a traffic stop however the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.  The suspect driver led officers on a short pursuit towards Twin Creek Road and Creekside Drive when he reached a dead end.  The suspect rammed into a police unit and made U-turn, attempting to run over an officer forcing the officer to discharge his weapon.  The suspect continued to drive onto Owl Hollow Circle and came to stop after crashing into a residence.  At approximately 2:52 p.m., officers apprehended the driver as well as two other juvenile suspects that had been in the vehicle.

No injuries were reported from this incident.

The names of the suspects will not be released since they are juveniles.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Murder on Alan Kent

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 4500 block of Alan Kent Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a black male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The 33 year-old male victim, Cleveland Jermaine Lewis of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 4:45 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Murder, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests a Wanted Burglar

On Friday, August 3, 2018, detectives with the Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Special Missions Unit, received information on the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive.

At approximately 9:00 a.m., detectives executed the warrant at a residence in the 2500 block of Huckleberry Drive.  They located a man with an outstanding arrest warrant for Burglary of a Habitation with Intent and at approximately 9:26 a.m., 18 year-old Michael Anthony Mango III was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Petco Foundation Invests In the Lifesaving Work of Killeen Animal Services

Killeen Animal Services announces it has been awarded a $80,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support funding that will be utilized to aid the shelter’s ongoing spay and neuter program and the health and care of the animals in need, so that they can be entered into the adoption program.

Killeen Animal Services is a nonprofit municipal organization serving the citizens of Killeen, Texas.  Killeen Animal Services provide a full range of services that begin with the initial capture or owner surrender of animals that have been located within the corporate limits of the city.  Through various programs Animal Services strives to return lost pets to their original owners, seek new owners for abandoned or stray animals, or coordinate with rescue organizations to help manage the placement of as many future pets as possible in their new homes.

The Petco Foundation investment will provide a bridge to help new pet owners make responsible choices as they bring home their new family member.  Killeen Animal Services will issue a voucher to cover the cost of the rabies vaccination as well as the spaying or neutering the new adopted pet.  The shelter will also issue vouchers to Return to Owner animals that are not in compliance with the city ordnance.  This program will help bring the shelter’s name in a positive venue.  Name recognition increases attention and draws more potential pet owners to the shelter.  The program aids the new owners fiscally while supporting the cities spay, neuter and rabies program in the most positive manner to promote adoptions.

The Petco Foundation’s support for our organization, with this grant will allow the animal shelter to provide citizen’s of Killeen with a method to have their animals spayed or neutered and receive their rabies shot with minimal fiscal impact.

For more information about Killeen Animal Services or the Petco Foundation, visit, www.killeenpetadoption.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

The Killeen Animal Shelter was formed in 1975 to meet the needs of the City of Killeen for both animal welfare and the public health. Since opening their doors, they have remained true to their mission in helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed.  At the shelter, our employees care for and find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals through adoption and rescue. Their mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical needs, and well being to all strays animals that were abandoned, neglected or injured and brought to us by the community.  Our ultimate goal is to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for lost or stray animals.  We also seek to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

At the Petco Foundation, they believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, they have invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With their more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, they inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through their Think Adoption First program, they partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, they’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find new loving families, and they’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

For further information about the voucher program at the Killeen Animal Services contact Lt. McDaniel, at 254-526-4455 or by email – amcdaniel@killeentexas.gov .

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department