Archive | February 2019

Killeen Police Arrest Suspect in Motel Robbery

Officers responded to La Quinta Inn located at 1112 S. Fort Hood Street, at approximately 10:44 p.m., on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, after receiving a call from the desk clerk advising the motel had just been robbed.

Officers arrived and were told that a black male suspect entered the lobby and demanded money from the desk clerk while displaying a weapon.  The clerk complied and the suspect fled northbound on foot. 

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers located the suspect in the area of Hallmark Avenue and he was taken into custody without incident and is currently in the Killeen City Jail awaiting arraignment.

Jeff Donohue
Chief of Staff
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Kidnapping

Detectives with the Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, are investigating a report of a kidnapping that occurred on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at approximately 12:19 a.m., in the 500 block of Church Avenue.  Due to the age of the alleged victim, we are unable to release any further details at this time.

There was a report of a kidnapping in Harker Heights and detectives have reached out to the detectives with the Harker Heights Police Department and are confident that these two incidents are unrelated.

There is no threat to the community at this time and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Seeks Assistance in Fatal Crash

UPDATE – February 7, 2019

Further investigation in this motorcycle fatality revealed that there was a second motorcycle involved in the initial violation for the traffic stop.  The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is asking for the operator of the second motorcycle to contact the department at (254) 501-8800. 

Upon the initiation of the traffic stop, one motorcyclist pulled over as required by the law and the other attempted to evade the officer and a pursuit ensued.

 On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 12:15 a.m., a patrol officer was traveling northbound on W.S. Young Drive when he observed a black motorcycle traveling southbound on W.S. Young Drive towards Stagecoach Road commit a traffic violation.  The officer turned his patrol vehicle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle.  The operator of the motorcycle continued to travel and turned westbound onto Stagecoach Road at a high rate of speed, when the officer lost sight of the motorcycle.   When the officer approached the 1300 block of Stagecoach Road, he located the motorcycle in the roadway and a male lying in a nearby parking lot.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve while traveling westbound on Stagecoach Road and collided into a retaining wall, causing him to be thrown off from the motorcycle and struck a tree.

21 year-old, Caden Michael Shunk succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:58 a.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigates a Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Stagecoach Road

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 12:15 a.m., a patrol officer was traveling northbound on W.S. Young Drive when he observed a black motorcycle traveling southbound on W.S. Young Drive towards Stagecoach Road commit a traffic violation.  The officer turned his patrol vehicle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle.  The operator of the motorcycle continued to travel and turned westbound onto Stagecoach Road at a high rate of speed, when the officer lost sight of the motorcycle.   When the officer approached the 1300 block of Stagecoach Road, he located the motorcycle in the roadway and a male lying in a nearby parking lot.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve while traveling westbound on Stagecoach Road and collided into a retaining wall, causing him to be thrown off from the motorcycle and struck a tree.

21 year-old, Caden Michael Shunk succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:58 a.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Crime Rate Decreased in 2018

At the end of January, 2019, the Killeen Police Department completed the crime data for 2018 and the preliminary data indicated a decrease in all reported Part One UCR crimes in 2018 as compared to 2017:

                                                                           Number of Incidents*                                                                                           2018 / 2017

  • 61% decrease in Murders                                           7/18
  • 22% decrease in Rape                                              118/151
  • 54% decrease in Robbery                                         144/313
  • 52% decrease in Aggravated Assault                        303/636
  • Overall decrease in Violent Crime was 49%              572/1118
  • 25% decrease in Burglaries                                       853/1140
  • 6% drop in Larceny (Theft)                                      2249/2403
  • 56 % drop in Vehicle Thefts                                       249/566
  • Overall decrease in Non-Violent Crime was 18%      3351/4109

   Overall decrease in all reported Part One UCR crime was 25%

Chief Charles Kimble said, “We are pleased to announce that during 2018, the City of Killeen experienced a significant decline in murders and robberies compared to 2017.  The community’s commitment and effort to combat crime has been on the right path and continues to be, in becoming a safer city.  We are also excited to report that 2018 had the lowest crime rate for the City of Killeen for at least three decades!

This was accomplished by a team effort that included the community, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office out of Waco, the Texas Department of Public Safety, our Federal Partners – FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals, and the men and women of the Killeen Police Department.

*All data for 2018 is preliminary until verified by Texas DPS

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department