Killeen Police Identify and Charge Suspect

Killeen, TX (March 14, 2022): A 39-year-old male has been charged in the death of two children.

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and returned two complaints charging Kendrick Donnell Gaines with Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Gaines and set his bond at $2.5 million. Gaines is currently awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

The female victim has been released from the hospital.

Kendrick Donnell Gaines
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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A MURDER ON VEGA

Killeen, TX (March 12, 2022): Killeen police investigate the death of two juveniles during a domestic disturbance.

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, at approximately 11:12 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Vega Drive in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a 38-year-old female suffering with a gunshot wound. She was immediately transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition. Officers were then told that there were two female children inside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. A 6-year-old was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition and an 11-year-old, had no signs of life. She was pronounced deceased at 11:57 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the adult female and her spouse were involved in a domestic disturbance when shots were fired. Officers located and arrested the spouse, and he was transported to the Killeen City Jail. It was determined that the third victim was unharmed and all parties involved are related.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., the 6-year-old child succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by medial staff.

The adult female is currently in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and at this time no other information will be released.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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