Archive | March 2020

Killeen Police Officer Arrested for Filing False Report.

As a result of a criminal investigation undertaken by the Killeen Police Department, Officer Benjamin Harp, 44, a five-year officer, has been charged with filing a false report with the department.  On February 24, 2020, Harp contacted on duty officers in reference to his privately owned vehicle being burglarized.  Taken in the burglary was Killeen Police Department property.  Harp provided a statement to investigating officers on scene that was proven false during the course of the investigation.  An arrest warrant was obtained and Harp turned himself in to the Bell County Jail on March 6, 2020.  Harp has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

“The actions of this officer do not reflect the integrity displayed by the employees of the Killeen Police Department every day,” Chief Kimble said.  “Accountability is paramount in our organization.”

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department Makes Arrests in Aggravated Robbery.

On February 23 at 1:43 a.m., the Killeen Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Stephen Street in reference to an aggravated robbery.  The initial investigation revealed that two unknown male suspects enter the home through an open bedroom window.  There were three people in the house at the time:  a 72-year-old male, a 74-year-old female, and a 16-year-old male. 

When confronted one of the suspects struck the 72-year-old male resident in the head with a handgun.  The suspects held the three residents at gunpoint as they stole electronics and money.  They also stole the owner’s vehicle.   The vehicle has been recovered. 

The Killeen Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit, through their investigation were able to identify the suspects involved.  The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s office and a complaint was issued on both suspects charging Aggravated Robbery.  On March 3, 2020, warrants for the two suspects were issued.  The suspects are identified as Jason Lomas Jr., 17, of Killeen, and Jordan Xavier Bennett, 17, of Killeen.

On March 4, 2020, Lomas, Jr. was arrested on a warrant charging him with one count of Aggravated Robbery.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and his bond was set at $100,000. He is currently in the Bell County Jail.

On March 5, 2020, Bennet was located in Marble Falls, Texas by the US Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force after he fled the area.  He was arrested and is currently in the Burnett County Jail.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the citizens who quickly provided information that assisted the department in solving this crime and the US Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, who helped locate the suspects. 

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Major Crash on SH 195

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Killeen Police Department received a call in reference to major crash in the 13100 block of South State Highway 195 at approximately 2:37 p.m., involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.  The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the scene and upon their arrival, they were advised a pedestrian was walking across the southbound lanes of traffic on SH 195.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on SH 195 and observed the pedestrian attempting to cross the highway.  The operator of the Toyota slowed down as the pedestrian changed directions to go back towards the shoulder of the roadway.  As the Toyota slowed down, a black 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling behind the Toyota ran into the rear of the vehicle.  The impact caused the operator of the motorcycle to be thrown off of the motorcycle.  He was air lifted to Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The pedestrian, a 31 year-old male, was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication and Pedestrian Failure to Yield Right of Way to a Vehicle.  There were no injuries reported for the operator of the Toyota.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the operator of the motorcycle, Donald Jay Mires, 59, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:42 p.m.

This crash continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department Collaborates with Federal and State Agencies on Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a national initiative by the United States Department of Justice to reduce gun violence in the United States.  The project is a partnership designed to develop, implement, and evaluate data-driven violence reduction strategies in communities, and improve the long-term prevention of gun violence.  The Killeen Police Department was awarded funding as part of this initiative.  Special enforcement operations will be conducted over the remainder of this year focusing on narcotics and gang involvement, which are a precursor to gun violence in most occasions.  Some of the enforcement actions will be conducted that will align with normal day-to-day operations of the department.

Other PSN operations will be more in depth such as one recently conducted on February 28 and 29.  The Killeen Police Department along with several federal and state agencies, using crime data analytics, conducted enforcement operations in the areas of Loma Vista and Cantabrian.  The results of this enforcement action were.

48 total arrests made, with some individuals facing multiple charges.

  • 21 Narcotics related.
  • 13 Felony arrests.

12 guns recovered.

  • 8 Arrests for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
  • 4 Arrests for Felon in possession of a firearm.

6 Arrests warrants served to include parole revocation.

Total Narcotics Recovered

  • 2 grams marijuana
  • 8 grams methamphetamine
  • 15 grams MDMA (ecstasy)

Recovery of one stolen vehicle.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank our federal and state partners for their assistance in this enforcement effort.  The agencies that assisted were the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, The US Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

KPD Homicide Unit Seeks Your Help with Murder Investigation

 UPDATE – March 2, 2020

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, received information that the victim, Shelby Jones, was shot at Club Dreams located at 4300 S. Fort Hood Street. If anyone was at this establishment on the night of this Murder and may have seen anything or have information, please contact Detective Uvalle at (254) 501-8854 or contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-(TIPS) 8477.

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Killeen Police Investigate a Murder.

On Sunday, March 1, 2020, at approximately 3:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Mickey’s Convenience Store located at 3200 S. Fort Hood Road in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers’ immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.

The victim, Shelby Jones, 20, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:45 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at the scene. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

We 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 Investigate a Murder

On Sunday, March 1, 2020, at approximately 3:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Mickey’s Convenience Store located at 3200 S. Fort Hood Road in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers’ immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.

The victim, Shelby Jones, 20, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:45 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at the scene. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

We 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