Archive | April 2019

Killeen Police Department Participates in Operation First Strike

A large-scale, three-day gang enforcement operation labeled “Operation First Strike,” wrapped up on Friday, April 19, 2019, resulting in 37 arrests of alleged violent offenders and fugitives.

Led by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Killeen Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies concentrated their efforts and focus April 17 thru 19, 2019 on known gang members in the Killeen – Bell County area. Out of the total arrests, 13 were gang members or associates.

Operation First Strike, which was modeled after the U.S. Marshals Service’s immediate impact National fugitive initiative known as Operation Washout, was deployed to bring the Killeen community immediate relief from violent gang-related crime.  The collaborative law enforcement effort was accomplished by targeting and arresting violent fugitives who were wanted by authorities for high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson.

The operation was also meant to send a message to gang members preying on the citizens of Killeen and Bell County — operations like First Strike will continue and the violence in Killeen, Bell County and the Western District of Texas will continue to be addressed.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their participation in this operation; U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Waco Police Department, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Fourth Suspect Arrested in Shooting

April 11, 2019 – UPDATE

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, 41 year-old Daran Cedric Hill was located and apprehended without incident in North Carolina. 

HILL Wanted Poster - ARRESTED.jpg

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the United States Marshal’s Service-Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Waco and Austin Divisions, the East North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in locating this fugitive.

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Killeen Police Investigate a late night shooting.

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Longview Drive in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a 15 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical but stable condition.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identify and Arrest Three Suspects in Longview Drive Shooting

April 10, 2019 – UPDATE

Through the investigation, detectives have identified three suspects in this case.  On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Bell County District Attorneys’ Office reviewed this case and returned complaints charging the following individuals.  They are currently in the Bell County Jail.     

  1. 18 year-old Preston Harrington, charged with Deadly Conduct, bond set at $100,000.
  2. 22 year-old Dante Hervey, charged with Aggravated Assault, bond set at $500,000 and Discharge in Municipality, bond set at $5000.
  3. 44 year-old Donna Hervey, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance w/Intent to Deliver, bond set at $50,000.

The victim is still listed in critical condition at Baylor Scott & White Hospital. 

The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges and arrests are still pending.

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.

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Killeen Police Investigate a late night shooting.

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Longview Drive in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a 15 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical but stable condition.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Late Night Shooting

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Longview Drive in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a 15 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, and subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical but stable condition.

Through the investigation, several suspects were identified by witnesses at the scene.  Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division located the suspects and they were taken into custody.  Charges and suspect identification are pending a review of the case by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

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

Killeen Police Investigate Shooting

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2019

Killeen Police Investigate a shooting.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating a shooting that took place early this morning between two rival motorcycle gangs.

On April 6, 2019, at 1:42 a.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to report of a disturbance/fight at MJ’s Bar and Grill at 1310 S Fort Hood Road.  While enroute, the call was changed to a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers learned that a large fight had taken place outside in the roadway.  During the fight, two people were shot. 

One person was taken to AdventHealth Hospital and is currently in serious condition.  The other person was taken to Darnell Army Community Hospital and then transferred to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in serious condition.

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 Unveils New Police Unit Design

The Killeen Police Department will soon be deploying new police units with a brand-new look.  The 2019 Ford Interceptors are an eye-catching departure from the current design and features blue stripes with “Killeen Police” and the department’s motto, “Dedicated Service” in bold lettering.

The most striking feature of the new design is a multicam camouflage accent stripe.  The camouflage stripe is a nod to “The Great Place,” Fort Hood, Texas, and an acknowledgment of the city’s close ties with the military.  We are proud to protect the home of our nation’s warriors and of the past military service of many of our officers and employees.

A video highlighting the new patrol units will be posted on our Facebook page.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department