Killeen Police Investigates a Homicide at Days Inn

On Monday, June 3, 2019, at approximately 10:39 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the Days Inn located at 1602 E. Central Texas Expressway in reference to a female that was unconscious and not breathing.  Officers’ immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim, 32 year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham was pronounced deceased at 11:35 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.

At the time of the incident it was unknown if her death was by natural causes and an investigation was initiated.  Detectives with the Homicide Unit recently received the results of the autopsy and it was determined the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has 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

Two Men Charged in Hallmark Homicide

UPDATE – August 30, 2019

Through the investigation, detectives were able to identify multiple suspects involved in this case. On Friday, August 30, 2019, the Bell County District Attorneys’ Office reviewed this case and returned two complaints charging 21 year-old Malik Devante Chrystal and 30 year-old Myshan Leandre Diggles with Deadly Conduct Discharging a Firearm towards Habitation, Building, or Person.  They were both arraigned by Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set their bond at $200,000 each.  They have been transported to the Bell County Jail.

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Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Hallmark.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at approximately 11:06 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Hallmark Avenue in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying in the parking lot of the apartment complex 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 victim, 18 year-old Zeontre Da’Shon Horton, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:35 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.

Through the investigation, a suspect has been identified and located.  The suspect is currently in the Killeen City Jail.  Charges are pending a review of the case by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

The Killeen Police Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate this incident and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Adult Suspect in School Threat

UPDATE – August 30, 2019

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging 18 year-old Cameron Lavonta Garner-Brown with Terroristic Threat.  On Friday, August 30, 2019, Garner-Brown was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters and he set his bond at $100,000.  Garner-Brown has been transported to the Bell County Jail.

The juvenile and Garner-Brown are brothers.

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 On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were notified about a social media post that suggested a threat of violence to Ellison, Killeen and Shoemaker High Schools. The post on social media was discovered this evening, and detectives have been working diligently on these threats. With the cooperation of the social media providers, detectives were able to locate the suspect in this case.  A search warrant was obtained and a 14 year-old juvenile and an adult male were arrested for Terroristic Threat.

“The Killeen Police Department takes these threats very seriously and acts promptly with respect to them to protect the students and staff of the Killeen Independent School District and the citizens of our community,” said Chief of Police Charles Kimble.

We would like to thank the Killeen Independent School District, the KISD Police Department and the citizens of our community for assisting with this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Social Media School Threat

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were notified about a social media post that suggested a threat of violence to Ellison, Killeen and Shoemaker High Schools. The post on social media was discovered this evening, and detectives have been working diligently on these threats. With the cooperation of the social media providers, detectives were able to locate the suspect in this case.  A search warrant was obtained and a 14 year-old juvenile and an adult male were arrested for Terroristic Threat.

“The Killeen Police Department takes these threats very seriously and acts promptly with respect to them to protect the students and staff of the Killeen Independent School District and the citizens of our community,” said Chief of Police Charles Kimble.

We would like to thank the Killeen Independent School District, the KISD Police Department and the citizens of our community for assisting with this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Homicide on Hallmark

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at approximately 11:06 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Hallmark Avenue in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying in the parking lot of the apartment complex 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 victim, 18 year-old Zeontre Da’Shon Horton, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:35 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.

Through the investigation, a suspect has been identified and located.  The suspect is currently in the Killeen City Jail.  Charges are pending a review of the case by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

The Killeen Police Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate this incident and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigate a Robbery

Press Release

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2019

Killeen Police Investigate a Robbery

On Monday, August 26, 2019, at 2:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the CEFCO Convenience Store located at 3905 Clear Creek Road in reference to an Aggravated Robbery.

Upon arrival, they were informed that multiple suspects walked into the store wearing “doo rags” and brandished a handgun and demanded money.  The suspects fled the area northbound on Clear Creek with an undisclosed amount of money.

Killeen Police Officers located the suspects and after a short chase, three suspects were taken into custody, two were juveniles.

Jeff Donohue
Commander
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrest 5 People in Narcotics Investigation

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the Killeen Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit executed a narcotics search warrant in the 300 block of E. Bryce Avenue in Killeen, Texas. While executing the warrant, illegal narcotics to include powder cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy/methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple pills were located inside of the residence along with a firearm.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., three females and two males were apprehended without incident and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

  1. 44 year-old Eva Marie Brocks- Possession of Controlled Substance- Penalty Group 1; 4-200 grams with Intent to Distribute
  2. 51 year-old Marilou Lulu Smith- Possession of Controlled Substance- Penalty Group 1; 4-200 grams with Intent to Distribute
  3. 35 year-old Bennie Gene George III- Interference with Duties of Public Servant
  4. 20 year-old Kimberly Frances Martin- Possession of Marijuana under 2 ounces
  5. 21 year-old Kevin Alexander Graham- Possession of Marijuana under 2 ounces

This investigation continues as further criminal charges are possible.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD reviews a complaint from Social Media

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2019

Killeen Police review a complaint from social media

On August 14, 2019, the Killeen Police Department was made aware of a video circulating on social media that depicted a Killeen police officer driving a marked patrol unit with allegations that the officer was not wearing a seatbelt and was texting while driving.  Although, both of these violations are minor in nature, we understand that the expectations that our community expects were not met in this incident.

We want to thank the public for bringing this to our attention.  We take traffic enforcement and safety seriously and will handle this matter the same.   

There is a process in place to handle any allegation of misconduct by an officer, and that process is currently ongoing for this incident. 

Charles F. Kimble
Chief of Police
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Murder on Fiesta Oak

On August 11, 2019, approximately 11:37 p.m., Officers were dispatched to Seton Medical Center – Harker Heights in regards to a gunshot victim.  Officers learned that a male victim was shot in the 5300 block of Fiesta Oak Drive in Killeen.  Other officers were dispatched to Fiesta Oak Drive and located a crime scene.

The victim, 17 years-old Jacques Lee Jackson, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 12:38 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, 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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department K9s Receive Donated Body Armor

Killeen Police Department’s K9s Jaxx, Edy, Arco, and Merlin have received their bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jaxx’s vest was sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2019 craft fair fundraiser and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Kilo, Seekonk Police Department, MA.”  K9 Edy’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”  K9 Arco and Merlin’s vests were embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department.”

K9's in Vest

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, with a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department