Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, at approximately 11:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Clear Creek Road and Golden Gate Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unresponsive male inside a pick-up truck.

The sole occupant, 33 year-old Seth Ward, was pronounced deceased at 11:28 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The preliminary investigation has indicated that Ward’s death is the result of a Homicide.  Detectives with the Homicide Unit continue to investigate this incident, and additional information will be released when available.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen Seth Ward between Saturday, June 29, and Sunday June 30, or anyone with information about this Homicide, 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

Celebrate with Safety this Fourth of July Holiday

The Killeen Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day.  We also want to remind the citizens of Killeen about the responsibility to celebrate safely and legally.

  • Drivers are encouraged to observe the posted speed limits and to avoid drinking and driving for their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Fireworks are illegal to discharge within city limits and it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks within the corporate limits of the city and within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of five thousand (5,000) feet, unless such area is within the corporate limits of another municipality. Any person in violation may be charged with a class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $2,000.00. The use of fireworks can put an unnecessary strain on police and fire departments.
  • Fireworks are dangerous and citizens should understand the associated risks, which can include burns, injuries, fire and even death.  Leave the fireworks to professionals and enjoy one of the area shows.
  • Loud, unexpected noises such as fireworks may affect combat veterans suffering with PTSD.

Please celebrate safely and responsibly.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Connects with Kids through Free Slurpee®

The chill is on again this summer! For 24 years, 7-Eleven, Inc. has enabled law enforcement agencies to connect with kids through its Operation Chill community service program. 7-Eleven® works with local police and sheriff’s departments donating free Slurpee® drink coupons that they can distribute to children and youth caught being safe or doing good. Killeen Police Officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids and youth in Killeen.

During 2019, 7-Eleven will issue approximately 1.475 million Slurpee coupons to more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies and they will be distributed in Killeen, most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

Officers will be looking for kids who might be helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community.  Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smiling kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

“We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships in the community.  The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol and Operation Chill makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way,” said Chief of Police Charles Kimble.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigates a Shooting on Larissa

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, at approximately 7:47p.m., officers were dispatched 2800 block of Larissa Drive.  While officers were enroute, they were advised of a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a 47 year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound.  She was immediately airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in Temple in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical.  During the altercation, the victim was shot and the suspect fled to a nearby residence and barricaded herself.  Approximately 15 minutes later, the suspect exited the residence and surrendered.  The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorneys’ Office and a complaint was returned charging Cynthia Ann Wilson with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Wilson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters and set her bond $200,000.  Wilson is currently in the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Needs Your Help Locating a Burglar

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, at approximately 5:09 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Wheeler Avenue in reference to a burglary of a habitation. Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that the victim was sleeping in the bedroom when the victim heard noises inside the residence.  As the victim was retrieving a handgun, an unknown male entered the bedroom and the victim fired a shot at the suspect. The suspect fled the area eastbound on Wheeler Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male, early 20’s, approximately 5’6” tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds.  He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants and with no shirt.  Detectives believe the suspect was wounded during this incident.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident, 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 responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Suspects Wanted in Shooting on Hunt Circle Arrested

On Friday, May 30, 2019, officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Lake Road in reference to a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that the incident occurred in the area of Hunt Circle and Westcliff Road.  The victim was immediately airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in Temple in stable condition.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, were able to identify two suspects involved in this case.  The case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and complaints were returned charging 21 year-old Eric David Madden for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and 20 year-old Shyheem Jubar Washington for Fail to report a Felony.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, officers received information that Madden and Washington were involved in the Murder on Fleetwood.  At approximately 8:50 p.m., CID detectives and with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service-Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Madden and Washington were located and apprehended without incident in the 3300 block of Stan Schlueter Loop.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrest Suspects in Fleetwood Homicide

Through the investigation, detectives were able to identify multiple suspects involved in this case. On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Bell County District Attorneys’ Office reviewed this case and returned three complaints charging the following adult individuals with Murder.  Each of the adult suspects had additional warrants and they were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.  

  • 20 year-old Shyheem Jubar Washington, charged with Murder, bond set at $1,000,000. Warrant for Fail to report a Felony, bond set at $5,000.
  • 46 year-old Dexter Gervard Washington, charged with Murder, bond set at $1,000,000. Warrant for Bond Forfeiture-Assault with Bodily Injury-Family, bond set at $20,000.
  • 21 year-old Eric David Madden, charged with Murder, bond set at $1,000,000. Warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, bond set at $100,000 and Parole Violation for Possession of Heroin, no bond.

One juvenile suspect was also taken into custody in connection with this case

  •  15 year-old juvenile male, charged with Murder.

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Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Fleetwood.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at approximately 5:36 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the area of Fleetwood Drive and Greengate Drive after receiving numerous 911 calls about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male in the 1900 block of Fleetwood Drive, suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim was immediately transported to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights in critical condition.

The victim, 28 year-old Luis Angel Santiago, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at 6:55 p.m.  An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences of Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Fleetwood

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at approximately 5:36 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the area of Fleetwood Drive and Greengate Drive after receiving numerous 911 calls about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male in the 1900 block of Fleetwood Drive, suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim was immediately transported to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was in a verbal altercation with numerous individuals in a vehicle when shots were fired and the victim was shot.  The others involved fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The victim, 28 year-old Luis Angel Santiago, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at 6:55 p.m.  An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences of Dallas.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Bell County Grand Jury Issues Indictment on Officer

The Killeen Police Department was informed of allegations against a Killeen Police Officer, which had been reported to the Harker Heights Police Department of an alleged injury to a child case.  On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Bell County Grand Jury indicted Officer Sarah Hydorn charging her with Injury to a Child.  Due to the indictment, the officer was placed on administrative leave without pay.

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Officer Sarah Hydorn, a six-year veteran with the department, turned herself into the Bell County Jail and was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Theodore R. Duffield, who set her bond at $25,000.

Chief Kimble stated, “This temporary leave is not intended to reflect an opinion on the merits of the case.  It is in accordance with Civil Service Law.  The department will conduct a thorough investigation into this matter.”

Because this is an open case, there will be no further information released, interviews given or further comments at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

Officer on the Train Event Issues Varies Citations

Killeen Police Department conducted the “Officer on a Train” detail event on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in order to bring awareness to the community about railroad crossing and railroad devices.  The attached video link shows two of the violators disregarding the railroad stop signal.

https://youtu.be/2jCvHCvnLrU

The following violations occurred in the officer’s presence during the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at eight separate locations.

  • 60 citations were issued for Disregard Railroad Signal
  • 6 citations were issued for Parked on Tracks
  • 4 citations were issued for No Seat Belt
  • 3 citations were issued for Fail to Stop at Railroad Crossing
  • 3 citations were issued for No Driver’s License
  • 2 citations were issued for No Insurance
  • 2 citations were issued for Interference with Railroad Property
  • 1 citation was issued for Fail to Display Driver’s License
  • 1 citation was issued for Driving While License Invalid
  • 1 citation was issued for Ran Red Light
  • 1 citation was issued for Loud Noise

A total of 84 citations were issued for various violations.

One arrest was made for Interference with Railroad Property due to the fact the subject would not sign the citation. 

 Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department