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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 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

Killeen Police Investigate Homicide on Cantabrian

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of Cantabrian Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle.

The victim, 38-year-old Rudolph Kenyetta Hardison, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 11:30 p.m.  An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences of Dallas.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips on IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Conducts School Zone Enforcement

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit initiated a special school zone enforcement detail.  This enforcement took place during a 1 ½ hour period at the Pershing Park Elementary school zone located at 1500 W. Central Texas Expressway.  This detail enforcement was citizen complaint driven about speeders in the school zone.

Officers issued 76 citations for speeding in a school zone, 17 citations other than speeding and 2 warning citations.

The Killeen Police Department reminds drivers to slow down and obey speed laws, especially in school zones.  Our goal is to ensure the safety of our citizens and students as they walk and bike to and from school.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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