FORT HOOD SOLDIER CHARGED WITH MURDER

Killeen, TX (September 21, 2022): Murder suspect is currently in the Bell County Jail.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect were involved in a domestic dispute when he displayed a handgun and shot the victim. The suspect left the residence to Fort Hood where he was later detained by military police. Officers with the Killeen Police Department were notified, and they arrested the suspect and transported him to the Killeen City Jail.

The Killeen Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit presented the case to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office. Michael Leonard Moore, 35 years-old, was charged with Murder. Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned Michael Leonard Moore. He set his bond at $1,000,000 and ordered a GPS ankle monitor be installed should he post bond.

MICHAEL LEONARD MOORE

The information on the victim, 34-year-old female, will be released once next of kin notifications have been made.

The case is still an active investigation, and no other information will be released at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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UPDATE NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN ARREST MURDER SUSPECT

Killeen, TX (September 20, 2022): Killeen Police currently has one suspect in custody and is currently in the Killeen City Jail pending charges. The suspect is an active duty military soldier.

The information on the victim, 34-year-old female, will be released once next of kin notifications have been made.

The case is still under investigation and no other information will be released at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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CORRECTION – NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A MURDER

Killeen, TX (September 19, 2022): Killeen Police are actively investigating the thirteenth Murder in the City of Killeen.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched on Monday, September 19, 2022, at approximately 7:56 a.m., to the 1100 block of Wales Drive in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located one victim who was deceased. The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 9:00 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

We want to let the community know that this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://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.

Detectives are actively investigating this Murder and there is no additional information at this time.

Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Donohue

Killeen Police Arrest Murder Suspect

Killeen, TX (September 20, 2022): Killeen Police currently has one suspect in custody and is currently in the Killeen City Jail pending charges. The suspect is an active duty military soldier.

The information on the victim, 34-year-old female, will be released once next of kin notifications have been made.

The case is still under investigation and no other information will be released at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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CORRECTION – NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A MURDER

Killeen, TX (September 19, 2022): Killeen Police are actively investigating the thirteenth Murder in the City of Killeen.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched on Monday, September 19, 2022, at approximately 7:56 a.m., to the 1100 block of Wales Drive in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located one victim who was deceased. The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 9:00 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

We want to let the community know that this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://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.

Detectives are actively investigating this Murder and there is no additional information at this time.

Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Donohue

Killeen Police investigate a Murder

Killeen, TX (September 19, 2022): Killeen Police are actively investigating the fourteenth Murder in the City of Killeen.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched on Monday, September 19, 2022, at approximately 7:56 a.m., to the 1100 block of Wales Drive in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located one victim who was deceased. The victim was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 9:00 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

We want to let the community know that this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://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.

Detectives are actively investigating this Murder and there is no additional information at this time.

Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Donohue

KILLEEN POLICE CONDUCT A SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Killeen, TX (September 8, 2022) Killeen Police are investigating a shooting involving a 9-year-old victim.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at approximately 1:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Harker Heights Seton Hospital in reference to a female juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound in the foot. The child was subsequently transported to McLane Children’s Medical Center in Temple.

Through the investigation, it revealed that the child’s mother and the suspect were involved in a domestic altercation at their residence located in the 5700 block of Chuckwagon Circle. During the altercation the suspect displayed a handgun and discharged it towards the wall, striking the child that was in a room connected to that wall.

Officers located the suspect at the residence, and he was arrested without incident. He was transported to the Killeen City Jail.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and two complaints for Aggravated Assault and one complaint for Tampering with Evidence were returned charging 45-year-old Michael Mainet Alice. Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned Alice and he is currently awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Second Murder Suspect

Killeen, TX (August 17, 2022): A 20-year-old is currently in jail for the Murder of Yolanda N’Gaojia.

On August 13, 2022, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued a complaint charging Demario Jabar Moore with Murder. On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, officers with the Killeen Police Department Violent Crime Action Team and members of the U.S. Marshals Service -Lone Star Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Moore. On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Moore and set his bond at $1,000,000. Moore is currently in the Bell County Jail.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and there is no additional information at this time.

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UPDATE – NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE ARREST MURDER SUSPECT

Killeen, TX (August 13, 2022): A 17-year-old is currently in jail for the Murder of Yolanda N’Gaojia.

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Christian Lamar Weston with Murder. Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned Weston and ordered him to be Held with No Bond. Weston was also arraigned on an unrelated Unlicensed Carrying of a Weapon where that bond was set at $5,000. Weston is awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and there is no additional information at this time.

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UPDATE – NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE IDENTIFY MURDER VICTIM

Killeen, TX (March 24, 2022): Killeen Police have identified the victim as Yolanda N’Gaojia.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit believe people have information about this incident and the people involved. We urge you to come forward with your information.
Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and there is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A MURDER ON SH-195

Killeen, TX (March 22, 2022): Killeen Police are actively investigating the ninth Murder in the City of Killeen.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at approximately 5:03 p.m., to the 13000 block of State Highway 195 in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two victims who had been shot.
One victim, a 52-year-old female, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 6:56 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The second victim received non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://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.

We want to let the community know that this was an isolated incident and there is no continued threat to the general public.

Detectives are actively investigating this Murder and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Murder Suspect

Killeen, TX (August 13, 2022): A 17-year-old is currently in jail for the Murder of Yolanda N’Gaojia.

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Christian Lamar Weston with Murder. Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned Weston and ordered him to be Held with No Bond. Weston was also arraigned on an unrelated Unlicensed Carrying of a Weapon where that bond was set at $5,000. Weston is awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and there is no additional information at this time.

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UPDATE – NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE IDENTIFY MURDER VICTIM

Killeen, TX (March 24, 2022): Killeen Police have identified the victim as Yolanda N’Gaojia.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit believe people have information about this incident and the people involved. We urge you to come forward with your information.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and there is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE AMURDER ON SH-195

Killeen, TX (March 22, 2022): Killeen Police are actively investigating the ninth Murder in the City of Killeen.

Officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at approximately 5:03 p.m., to the 13000 block of State Highway 195 in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two victims who had been shot.

One victim, a 52-year-old female, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 6:56p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The name of the victim has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The second victim received non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or 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.

We want to let the community know that this was an isolated incident and there is no continued threat to the general public.

Detectives are actively investigating this Murder and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez Public Affairs Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatality on Clear Creek Road

Killeen, TX (August 13, 2022): Investigators with the Traffic Unit are investigating a hit and run fatality crash.

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at approximately 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Mohawk Drive and S. Clear Creek Road in reference to a single motorcycle crash. Upon the officers arrival, they located an unconscious male laying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Clear Creek Road when he lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a curve. The operator crashed in the grassy median causing him to be ejected and land in the inside lane of Clear Creek Road. When a separate unknown vehicle, traveling northbound on Clear Creek Road, struck the operator. The driver failed to stop and render aid and continued to travel northbound.

The victim, 23-year-old, Jesse Robert Cruz, was pronounced deceased at 3:27 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at the scene.

The victim, an active duty soldier, was wearing a helmet.

Investigators are looking for a gray in color pickup truck with major undercarriage damage.

Investigators with the Traffic Unit continue to investigate this fatality and ask if anyone has any information to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-(TIPS) 8477.

There is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez Public Affairs Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department Joins in National Night Out 2022

Killeen, TX (August 3, 2022): Killeen Police Department joins cities nationwide for America’s night out against crime.

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, neighborhoods throughout Killeen are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “39th National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Killeen and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods are encouraged to host a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, contests, and youth activities. Call or email to register your neighborhood so they will get a visit from the police department, fire department and McGruff the Crime Dog.

“The National Night Out program is an outstanding event to keep neighbors in unity and strengthen their relationship with their first responders. On October 4th, we encourage citizens of Killeen and neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to give crime and drugs a going away party. It’s also a chance to have a really good time!” said Chief Charles Kimble.

If you would like to register your neighborhood or find out more information about National Night Out, click on the link, https://www.killeentexas.gov/252/Crime-Prevention or call Erica Aurelio at (254) 501-8805.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Pedestrian Fatality on Elms Road

Killeen, TX (July 25, 2022) Investigators with the Traffic Unit are investigating a pedestrian fatality. 

On Friday, July 22, 2022, at approximately 1:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 BLK of W Elms RD in reference to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was standing on the eastbound sidewalk and failed to yield right of way to a motor vehicle that was traveling east in the outside lane when she stepped into the roadway.  The pedestrian was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim, 24-year-old Eliana Leigh Shoemate, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:15 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. 

No injuries were reported by the sole occupant of the vehicle.

There are no pending criminal charges for this crash.

Investigators with the Traffic Unit continue to investigate this fatality and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Accepting Applications for Citizen’s Police Academy

Killeen, TX (July 7, 2022): Killeen Police Department will be hosting its 52nd Citizen’s Police Academy with classes beginning on August 8, 2022.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., starting August 8, 2022 thru October 17, 2022, and one additional class on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. This is a free eleven-week course designed to give our community a better understanding of police operations and procedures.

Applications are currently available at the Killeen Police Department Police Headquarters and the deadline submission for applications will be Friday, July 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Applicants must agree to submit to a background check which includes a criminal history inquiry.

For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Erica Aurelio at the Killeen Police Department by telephone at (254) 501-8805 or email crimeprevention@killeentexas.gov.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department