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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

 

KPD Investigates an afternoon Shooting

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, at approximately 1:35 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to the Liberty 6 Motel located at 529 E. Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim. Officers arrived and located a 25 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound; he was immediately airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit, continue to investigate this incident and information will be released as it becomes available.  The victim is currently listed in stable condition.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Shooting on Westcliff Drive

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at approximately 9:06 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to the 4500 block of Westcliff Drive in reference to a 911 call about a Burglary in progress.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two males, the homeowner and an intruder, were involved in a verbal alteration that became physical.  During the altercation, the intruder was shot.

24 year-old Yorrick Trent Toms, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 9:44 p.m.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Aggravated Assault on Public Servant and Burglary

On Sunday, December 30, 2018, at approximately 12:31 p.m., officers’ were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Cedarhill Drive in reference to a burglary call.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that the suspects had fled westbound.  One officer observed the suspects in the area and as he got closer to them, they began to evade, when one of the suspects began to shoot in the direction of the officer; the officer was not able to return fire due to cross traffic on Westcliff.  The suspect’s gunfire struck two citizen’s vehicles and a building.  Additional officers saturated the area and were able to apprehend the suspects, including the shooter and the gun. The Criminal Investigation Division Burglary and Violent Crime Unit detectives arrived to process the scenes.  No injuries reported.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Monday, December 31, 2018, complaints were returned charging the three suspects below.  Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown arraigned them and set their bond.

Mitchell

 MITCHELL, James Centron – 17 years-old

1.Possession of Dangerous Drug – Bond $3,000

2.Tamper with or Fabricate Evidence – Bond $20,000

Bulla

         BULLA, Isaiah Javon – 19 years-old

  1. Possession of Marijuana – Bond $2,000

Davis

DAVIS, Kalogano Nathanal – 17 years-old

  1. Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer – Bond $500,000

2. Deadly Conduct Discharges Firearm towards Building –  Bond $100,000

 

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash on Rancier

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Rancier Avenue in reference to crash involving a pedestrian.  Upon arrival, officers located a female lying in the roadway.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the female was  walking southbound across Rancier Avenue when she was struck by a gray Saab that was traveling westbound in the inside lane on Rancier Avenue.  Witnesses told officers that a second vehicle, a gray four door sedan, possibly a Kia, was traveling westbound also in the inside lane, struck the victim as she laid in the roadway. The suspect vehicle subsequently fled the scene. The victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple in critical condition.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is asking anyone who has information about the suspect vehicle involved in this Hit and Run crash to contact Crime Stoppers at 254- 526- TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also give an anonymous tip by downloading the P3tips app for IOS and Android.  All information is confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Hit and Run, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this Hit and Run and the circumstances surrounding it.  Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash on Rancier

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Rancier Avenue in reference to crash involving a pedestrian.  Upon arrival, officers located a female lying in the roadway.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the female was  walking southbound across Rancier Avenue when she was struck by a gray Saab that was traveling westbound in the inside lane on Rancier Avenue.  Witnesses told officers that a second vehicle, a gray four door sedan, possibly a Kia, was traveling westbound also in the inside lane, struck the victim as she laid in the roadway. The suspect vehicle subsequently fled the scene. The victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple in critical condition.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit is asking anyone who has information about the suspect vehicle involved in this Hit and Run crash to contact Crime Stoppers at 254- 526- TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also give an anonymous tip by downloading the P3tips app for IOS and Android.  All information is confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this Hit and Run, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this Hit and Run and the circumstances surrounding it.  Information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Informs Community about Hoax Email

The Killeen Police Department would like to inform the community that we are aware of emails that have been circulating nationwide, including Texas and the Killeen area today.  The message contains a bomb threat and a demand of payment via bitcoin. We are in contact with our local, state and federal partners, and have been informed that the threats are being investigated and do NOT appear to be credible at this time.

Killeen Police will investigate any credible threat and/or suspicious activity.   We ask everyone to be vigilant and immediately call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity which could represent a threat to our community.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department