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Office of Justice Programs Finalizes Assessment

In 2017, the Killeen Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center with assessing the scope of violent crime, reviewing existing response strategies and understanding community perspectives on crime and community engagement. It was anticipated that working with the Diagnostic Center would help the Killeen Police Department with implementing proactive strategies to reduce crime, use resources more efficiently and build positive relationships with the community.

As a training and technical assistance resource, the OJP Diagnostic Center has been able to provide customized technical assistance to help other state, county, city and tribal communities build capacity to reduce violence and other serious crimes in their jurisdictions, and it is anticipated that their assistance will provide the same benefits to the Police Department and citizens of Killeen.

Chief Kimble States “A safer Killeen is a goal we all share as a community, and it is believed that the in depth analysis and fresh perspectives being presented by the Office of Justice Programs can provide a blueprint of effective strategies that will allow us to focus our resources and meet that objective.”

On Monday, June 25, 2018, at 1:30PM representatives from the OJP Diagnostic Center will meet with the Killeen Police Department, local stakeholder agencies and community representatives in the Community Room of the Police Headquarters, located at 3304 Community Blvd., to deliver the findings of the assessment and recommended strategies that can be implemented to achieve a sustainable reduction in violent crime, while maintaining positive relationships with the community. Specifically, the presentation will outline:

  • Analysis of key findings
  • Model programs for violence reduction
  • Recommendations for improvements in crime reduction practices and community engagement

A copy of the Diagnostic Center’s report will be available on the PD’s website after 2:00PM on Monday June 25th.  To view a copy visit www.killeenpd.com .

For more information about OJP, visit   www.ojpdiagnosticcenter.org

 

Killeen Police Respond to Large Fight and Make Multiple Arrests

For Immediate Release

July 15th, 2017

 

On July 15, 2017, at approximately 6:19 p.m., off-duty Killeen Police Officers working a security detail inside the Killeen Mall located 2100 S. WS Young Dr. called out a large fight involving over 30 juveniles and young adults.  Multiple on-duty units responded to the scene to assist and restore order.  As officers began arriving, the crowd dispersed, but multiple smaller groups continued fighting inside and outside of the mall building.

 

Initial reports of the incident indicated shots were fired inside the mall, but officers were unable to verify the report.  Because of the report of shots fired, several of the first responding officers formed a quick react team and swept through the entire mall searching for armed suspects or possible victims.  Neither were located.

 

The initial officers on scene were able to identify some of the instigators.  Responding units were subsequently able to locate and stop some of those individuals as they attempted to depart the scene.  Inside one vehicle that was stopped, officers located two handguns, one of which was reported stolen out of Austin.

 

There were a total eight arrests – four juveniles and four adults.  All were male except for one female.  All eight individuals were charged with Riot.  The female was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

 

There were no significant injuries or property damage reported.

 

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Needs Help Locating A Person of Interest – UPDATE

April 6, 2017

UPDATE: Mr. Pacheco has been located and is no longer a person of interest. The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance.

April 5, 2017

Killeen Police need your help locating Bryant Pacheco, who may have information to assist the detectives in furthering their homicide investigation. Detectives continue to investigate the homicide of Eric Dieter Hill, who was found deceased in the 6500 block of Taree Loop, on January 11, 2017.

If you know the whereabouts of 23 year-old Bryant Pacheco, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. You can also download the P3Tips APP for IOS and Android to give a tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Shooting

The Killeen Police Department is investigating a late night shooting.

Killeen Police Officers were dispatched to the Stone Hill Apartments located at 101 W Central Texas Expressway, on March 30, 2017 at 11:17 p.m. in reference to a gunshot victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a 18 year-old female victim with a gunshot wound to the leg.  She was transported to the Baylor Scott & White Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Officers were told that the victim was visiting the apartments when a gunshot was heard and the victim was wounded.

Suspects have been identified and this case continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this shooting 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 and Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information given is anonymous and confidential, and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this shooting, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Aggravated Robbery at Dollar General

March 30, 2017

The Killeen Police Department is investigating an aggravated robbery of a Dollar General store.

Killeen Police responded to the Dollar General, located at 3107 E. Stan Schlueter Loop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 10:02 p.m., after receiving a 911 call telling them the store had just been robbed.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they learned that two male suspects entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.  At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.  The men then fled the store on foot.

The suspects are described as follows:

1st Suspect is a black male, approximately 5’07” wearing a black hooded shirt, gray pants and white shoes.

2nd Suspect is a black male, approximately 5’07” with a bushy haircut, facial hair, wearing a gray hooded shirt with a black hat, black pants, and black shoes.

The Killeen Police Department Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate this Robbery and information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.  Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip.  Message and data rates may apply. All information is anonymous and confidential; if your tip leads to the arrest of the person involved in this case you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Cdr. Alex Gearhart
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates Crash on Interstate Highway 14 – UPDATE

Update:

March 30, 2017

The pedestrian involved in this incident, Darrell Kees, 44 of Katy, Texas, succumbed to his injuries this morning at Baylor Scott and White Hospital.  He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Barfield at 5:17 a.m.  The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this incident.  Investigators are still looking for the driver of the third vehicle involved in this incident.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8800 or Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477).

 

March 20, 2017

Killeen Police investigate a late night crash on Interstate Highway 14.

Killeen Police responded to a 911 call in reference to a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11:22 p.m.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a white male lying on the ground near the Trimmier Exit off ramp; he was immediately airlifted to the Baylor Scott and White Hospital in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white Ford F350 was traveling westbound in the middle lane on IH-14 when the driver noticed a pedestrian attempting to cross northbound on the interstate.  As the driver attempted to change lanes to the outside lane, the left side of her vehicle struck the pedestrian.  A white Chevy Sonic and an unknown vehicle were also traveling westbound in the outside and exit lanes, when the pedestrian was seen in the roadway near the exit ramp.  The pedestrian was struck first by the Chevy Sonic and subsequently struck by the unknown vehicle, which fled the scene. The occupants of the vehicles reported no injuries.

The current condition of the 44 year-old male pedestrian is critical but stable.

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

Officers are asking anyone who has information about this crash or the unknown vehicle that fled the scene to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.  Text HELP to 274637 for help with the tip or text STOP to 274637 to stop the tip.  Message and data rates may apply. All information is anonymous and confidential; if your tip leads to the arrest of the person involved in this case you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police and Fire Departments investigate an early morning crash – UPDATE

Update – 8/12/2016 1:48 PM

Residents who reside at the Twin Creek Apts and 56th Street West may return to their homes.

Residents of 58th Street are still not clear.

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KPD and KFD responded to a major crash on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 4:20 am at the Mickeys Convenience Store located at 4415 E VMB.   Upon the officers arrival they found a fuel tanker and a SUV on fire. Firefighters immediately attempted to contain the fire and officers began an evacuation process within immediate area.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the fuel tanker was refueling the gas pumps, when an SUV hit the tanker, causing a fire and explosion. The fire caused major damage to the convenience store, a Killeen fire truck and six additional vehicles. One casualty has been confirmed and no other injuries were reported. The name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police and Fire Departments investigate an early morning crash

KPD and KFD responded to a major crash on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 4:20 am at the Mickeys Convenience Store located at 4415 E VMB.   Upon the officers arrival they found a fuel tanker and a SUV on fire.  Firefighters immediately attempted to contain the fire and officers began an evacuation process within immediate area.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the fuel tanker was refueling the gas pumps, when an SUV hit the tanker, causing a fire and explosion. The fire caused major damage to the convenience store, a Killeen fire truck and six additional vehicles. One casualty has been confirmed and no other injuries were reported.  The name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Rollover Crash

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a one car rollover crash on East Central Texas Expressway just before 8:00am this morning.

Officers responded to a report of a crash at 7:46am in the 5200 block of E. Central Texas Expressway, involving a Blue Dodge Durango that had turned over and pinned the driver inside. Upon their arrival, the officers located the vehicle upside down on Central Texas Expressway in the construction area near the bridge that was under construction.

The preliminary investigation revealed the driver was traveling east in the outside lane of Central Texas Expressway when the vehicle hit a construction barrel then continued east hitting a concrete barrier. The vehicle then crossed two lanes of traffic to the north leaving the roadway onto the dirt area and hitting the concrete bridge wall causing the vehicle to overturn pinning the driver inside.

The Killeen Fire Department responded and was able to free the driver from the vehicle. The 38 year old driver was airlifted to the Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition. There were no other vehicles involved in this crash and the driver was the only occupant of the Dodge Durango.

Alcohol is believed to be contributing factor in this crash.

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

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Death of Fort Hood Soldier

Killeen Police are investigating the death of a Fort Hood soldier on Cantabrian.

Officers received a report of possible deceased male in the 3300 block of Cantabrian on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:06am. Upon the officers’ arrival they located a deceased male lying face down in front of his residence.   During the investigation the officers learned that the male was a 24 year old Fort Hood soldier who had recently returned from West Africa. Due to conditions in West Africa and because the male’s cause of death was unknown at the time, precautionary measures were put into place.

Officers deployed the City of Killeen HAZMAT Team to respond to the residence at 3306 Cantabrian.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 8:26am and ordered an autopsy to be performed. The male’s body has been removed and taken to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to run a test for Ebola; we should learn the results of that test by the end of the day.

There is no confirmation that Ebola is present. Because of the circumstances surrounding this death the Killeen Police Department felt it was better to err on the side of caution in the interest of public safety.   This investigation is in collaboration with Fort Hood authorities.

The name of the soldier has been withheld at this time due to notification of his next of kin.

Detectives continue to investigate this death and information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department