Killeen Police Involved in a Late Night Standoff on Corrine Drive

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, officers responded to a 911 call in reference to a domestic dispute in the 4200 block of Corrine Drive at 11:41 p.m.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they entered the residence and attempted to speak with the people involved in the dispute.  During that contact, a male resident was armed and pointed a weapon towards the officers.

The Tactical Response Unit was deployed and arrived to assist with this incident.  Three residents and two officers exited the residence without incident.  Over the next several hours the Crisis Negotiators spoke off and on with the 44 year-old male and attempted to get him to surrender.  At approximately 2:46 a.m., the 44 year old-male suspect exited the residence and was detained.  He was transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and issued two complaints charging 44 year-old David Paul Lawrence with Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant.  Lawrence was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and set his bond at $100,000 for each charge.  He is currently waiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police and Texas Rangers Investigate an Officer Involved Shooting

On February 18, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Veteran’s Memorial and Conder Street.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the officer observed two occupants and suspected narcotics.  The driver repeatedly failed to comply with officer commands to show his hands and the officer requested immediate assistance.  As the situation progressed, the driver appeared to try to exit the vehicle, opening the door into the officer, who pushed the door closed.  As the situation continued to develop, the officer discharged his weapon.

The driver was transported to Baylor Scott & White in Temple with non-life threatening injuries. The passenger was taken into custody for an unrelated warrant.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Affairs Unit responded to the scene and requested the assistance of the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers for an independent investigation.  In accordance with policy, the Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an administrative review and the Texas Rangers will lead the primary investigation into this incident.  This investigation is in its infancy.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to the Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer.

As per protocol, the officer will be placed on administrative leave.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Update – Killeen Police Investigate Murder on Cedar Drive.

UPDATE – February 14, 2020

This is an update following the press conference held on Monday February 10, 2020.

The victim has been identified as Teckla Domesca, 19 of Killeen.

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On Monday, February 11, 2020, at approximately 9:28 PM, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Cedar Dr. in reference to a potential medical call.  A caller advised that there was an individual not moving near the front porch of the residence.  Upon officer’s arrival, they found that the victim suffered from a gunshot wound.    

Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters pronounced the victim deceased at 10:11 PM. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, continue to investigate this case. They are 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.

Update to Andover Drive Homicide.


UPDATE – February 13, 2019
On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, the Bell County District Attorneys’ Office reviewed this case and returned a complaint charging Anthony Taylor Masters-Gutierrez, 27, with Murder. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and bond was set at $1,000,000. He was transported to the Bell County Jail after arraignment.

The victim is identified as John Dearmontrice Mitchell, 27, of Killeen.

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On Monday, February 10, 2020, at approximately 5:27 P.M., officers were advised by Ft. Hood personnel that a subject was at the East Gate claiming to have murdered his roommate. Officers met with the subject and ascertained an address in Killeen where this may have occurred. Officers then went to the 2300 block of Andover Dr. and located a deceased individual within an apartment at that location.

The victim was pronounced deceased at 6:14 P.M. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The suspect was taken into custody and is in the Killeen City Jail.

Commander Ronnie Supak

Killeen Police Department

Update: Officer on a School Bus Detail

On February 12, 2020, the Killeen Police Department, in partnership with the Killeen Independent School District, conducted a traffic enforcement detail.  This was an effort to address complaints related to motorists failing to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off students as required by law, at various locations in Killeen. 

The detail consisted of a Traffic Unit officer riding the bus for the entirety of the bus route and calling out locations and violations by radio to other officers in the area.  This took place on a bus route in the northeast area of Killeen, from about 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM.  The project was met with enthusiasm by the many stakeholders, including residents of Killeen, the bus driver, and other members of the Department and the school district.  This morning one violator was stopped and a citation was issued.

It is important to remember that the primary goal in any proactive law enforcement detail, particularly those related to traffic safety, is compliance.  We would like to thank the many motorists who demonstrated concern for the safety of students by complying with the law.  We would also like to thank the community and local media for the overwhelmingly positive response to this effort.  We intend to expand this detail to other parts of the city in the near future, and will announce other dates as appropriate.

Commander Ronnie Supak

Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Conducting Death Investigation on Andover Drive

On Monday, February 10, 2020, at approximately 5:27 P.M., officers were advised by Ft. Hood personnel that a subject was at the East Gate claiming to have murdered his roommate.  Officers met with the subject and ascertained an address in Killeen where this may have occurred.  Officers then went to the 2300 block of Andover Dr. and located a deceased individual within an apartment at that location.    

The victim was pronounced deceased at 6:14 P.M. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.  The suspect was taken into custody and is in the Killeen City Jail.

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Officer on School Bus Detail

The Killeen Police Department has received several complaints regarding motorists failing to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off students along various bus routes.  In addition to being a violation of state law (TRC 545.066), this represents a serious safety concern for the children in our community. 

To address this concern the department has partnered with Killeen Independent School District and will conduct a traffic enforcement detail.  In this detail, an officer will ride on a school bus and notify other officers in the area of violators.  Those officers will strictly enforce laws related to the failure to stop for school buses.  The first of these details will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., along a school bus route in the northeast sector of Killeen.

Citizens are encouraged to comply with all laws, and asked to pay particular attention to their surroundings while operating a vehicle in proximity to a school bus. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Suspicious Death on Wisconsin Drive.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at approximately 10:43 A.M., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Wisconsin Drive in reference to a welfare concern.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white female identified as Ann Smith Evans, 64, deceased. 

Evans was pronounced deceased at 11:47 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.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, are asking anyone who may have seen anything or have information about this investigation, 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.

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Make Arrest in Reported Food Truck Theft.

On January 29, 2020, at approximately 1:40 PM, a woman called the Killeen Police Department to report that an unknown person had stolen her food truck.  Rosalind Edwards, 53, reported an unknown male driving a green truck towed her 2019 Concession food trailer from her driveway in the 3500 block of Dustin Court.   Edwards advised she tried to catch the person, but was blocked by an unknown person in another vehicle. 

An investigation into the alleged theft revealed the food truck had not been stolen.  It had been repossessed by the owner.  Edwards had not fulfilled her obligations with the owner when she purchased the food truck.  Edwards was aware the food truck had not been stolen, but had in fact been repossessed before she filed a police report with the Killeen Police Department. 

Detectives obtained a warrant for False Report to a Police Officer, issued by Justice of the Peace William “Bill” Cooke.  Killeen police officers arrested Edwards on Saturday, February 1 on the warrant and transported her to the Killeen City Jail.  Edwards was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Daryl K. Peters and he issued a $5,000 bond; Edwards has been released on bond.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the many citizens who saw the news reports and called in TIPS about the location of the food truck.

Commander Ronnie Supak

Killeen Police Department

First Retiree from Killeen Police Department Passes Away

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Retired Captain William Victor Mangerich, 101, who passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Captain Mangerich (Ret.) served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his time in the military, Capt. Mangerich (Ret.) joined the Killeen Police Department in 1949 where he began his career as a patrolman.  He served in various assignments throughout the department for 30 years and retired in 1979 as a Police Captain.  He was well respected by all those he served with and those he served.  Captain Mangerich (Ret.) was the first Police Officer to retire in the department’s history.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Walt, his sister Monika Rettng, his first wife Leone Marie Mangerich, and ex-wife and friend Nellie Faye Mangerich. Survivors include daughter Carolynn Champlin (Eugene) of Killeen, grandsons Billy Gene Champlin(Teri) and Terry Wayne (Tammy) of Killeen and great grandchildren Bailey, Paige, Aiden, Cayce, Cody and Clayton Champlin all of Killeen.

The funeral services for Captain Mangerich (Ret.) will be on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the First Baptist Church Trimmier.  Burial will follow with Police Honors at Live Oak Cemetery in Youngsport.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department