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Killeen Police Investigate a Fatality on Clear Creek Road

Killeen, TX (August 13, 2022): Investigators with the Traffic Unit are investigating a hit and run fatality crash.

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at approximately 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Mohawk Drive and S. Clear Creek Road in reference to a single motorcycle crash. Upon the officers arrival, they located an unconscious male laying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Clear Creek Road when he lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a curve. The operator crashed in the grassy median causing him to be ejected and land in the inside lane of Clear Creek Road. When a separate unknown vehicle, traveling northbound on Clear Creek Road, struck the operator. The driver failed to stop and render aid and continued to travel northbound.

The victim, 23-year-old, Jesse Robert Cruz, was pronounced deceased at 3:27 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at the scene.

The victim, an active duty soldier, was wearing a helmet.

Investigators are looking for a gray in color pickup truck with major undercarriage damage.

Investigators with the Traffic Unit continue to investigate this fatality and ask if anyone has any information to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-(TIPS) 8477.

There is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez Public Affairs Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department Joins in National Night Out 2022

Killeen, TX (August 3, 2022): Killeen Police Department joins cities nationwide for America’s night out against crime.

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, neighborhoods throughout Killeen are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “39th National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Killeen and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods are encouraged to host a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, contests, and youth activities. Call or email to register your neighborhood so they will get a visit from the police department, fire department and McGruff the Crime Dog.

“The National Night Out program is an outstanding event to keep neighbors in unity and strengthen their relationship with their first responders. On October 4th, we encourage citizens of Killeen and neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to give crime and drugs a going away party. It’s also a chance to have a really good time!” said Chief Charles Kimble.

If you would like to register your neighborhood or find out more information about National Night Out, click on the link, https://www.killeentexas.gov/252/Crime-Prevention or call Erica Aurelio at (254) 501-8805.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Pedestrian Fatality on Elms Road

Killeen, TX (July 25, 2022) Investigators with the Traffic Unit are investigating a pedestrian fatality. 

On Friday, July 22, 2022, at approximately 1:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 BLK of W Elms RD in reference to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was standing on the eastbound sidewalk and failed to yield right of way to a motor vehicle that was traveling east in the outside lane when she stepped into the roadway.  The pedestrian was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim, 24-year-old Eliana Leigh Shoemate, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:15 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. 

No injuries were reported by the sole occupant of the vehicle.

There are no pending criminal charges for this crash.

Investigators with the Traffic Unit continue to investigate this fatality and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Accepting Applications for Citizen’s Police Academy

Killeen, TX (July 7, 2022): Killeen Police Department will be hosting its 52nd Citizen’s Police Academy with classes beginning on August 8, 2022.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., starting August 8, 2022 thru October 17, 2022, and one additional class on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. This is a free eleven-week course designed to give our community a better understanding of police operations and procedures.

Applications are currently available at the Killeen Police Department Police Headquarters and the deadline submission for applications will be Friday, July 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Applicants must agree to submit to a background check which includes a criminal history inquiry.

For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Erica Aurelio at the Killeen Police Department by telephone at (254) 501-8805 or email crimeprevention@killeentexas.gov.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department’s K9 Yari to get donation of body armor

Killeen, TX (June 22, 2022): Killeen Police Department’s K9 Yari will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Yari’s vest is sponsored by Dale and Trish Veith of Killeen Texas and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,682 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

K9 Yari

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at http://www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Motorcycle Fatality

Killeen, TX (June 17, 2022): A 21-year-old male is deceased after being struck by a vehicle that occurred during the evening hours.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, at approximately 9:33 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the intersection of W. Veterans Memorial Blvd. and Stringer Street in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black Honda Motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the inside lane in the 700 block of Veterans Memorial Blvd. when the driver of a black Mercedes failed to yield-right of way-turning left onto Stringer Street causing the motorcycle to strike the front of the Mercedes. The impact caused the motorcycle operator and his passenger to be ejected and coming to a rest on the roadway. They were both immediately transported to local hospitals in critical condition. The driver of the Mercedes was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

On June 13, 2022, the operator of the motorcycle, Coy Caleb Morris, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Keith Reed.

This investigation is ongoing, and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigates a Late-Night Shooting

Killeen, TX (June 13, 2022): One male is in custody after a five-hour standoff with officers.

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 4400 block of Alan Kent Drive in reference to a shots fired disturbance. Upon the officer’s arrival, they were told that the victim and the suspect were involved in a verbal altercation when the suspect displayed a handgun and discharged it. After several failed attempts were made for the suspect to come out, the Tactical Response Unit was deployed due to the nature of the call. At approximately 4:12 a.m., the suspect exited the apartment and was apprehended.

A female that was inside the apartment was unharmed and no other injuries were reported.

This investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

36-Year-Old Male Suspect Charged with Murder

Killeen, TX (June 12, 2022): Killeen Police received a complaint from the Bell County District Attorney’s Office charging Juan Enoc Bamaca Pliego for Murder. He is currently in the Bell County Jail.

J. PLIEGO

The name of the victim has been identified as Helena Deloris Holmes.

This is the 10th Murder for the City of Killeen in 2022.

There is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A LATE-NIGHT HOMICIDE

Killeen, TX (June 11, 2022): Killeen Police are currently investigating the death of a 51-year-old female.
On Friday, June 10, 2022, at approximately 11:23 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard in reference to a disturbance. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female and male inside a hotel room. The female was unresponsive and when paramedics arrived, they advised that she had no signs of life. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the female deceased at 12:39 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The male was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

The name of the deceased female has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Late-Night Homicide

Killeen, TX (June 11, 2022): Killeen Police are currently investigating the death of a 51-year-old female.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, at approximately 11:23 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard in reference to a disturbance. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female and male inside a hotel room. The female was unresponsive and when paramedics arrived, they advised that she had no signs of life. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the female deceased at 12:39 a.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The male was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

The name of the deceased female has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identify Deceased Male

Killeen, TX (June 9, 2022): Killeen Police have identified the deceased male as 31-year-old Quentin Damichael Williams. 

The female is still in the hospital and in stable condition.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continue to actively investigate this incident.  There is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE CONDUCT A SHOOTING INVESTIGATION ON DONEGAL BAY

Killeen, TX (June 8, 2022): Killeen Police are currently investigating a domestic disturbance that left one female in critical condition and one male deceased. 

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at approximately 4:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Donegal Bay in reference to a shooting victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a female suffering from a gunshot wound.  She was immediately airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in critical condition.  Officers also located an unresponsive male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Paramedics arrived and advised that the male had no signs of life.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the 31-year-old male deceased at 5:41 a.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The name of the deceased male has been withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

The 31-year-old female is currently listed in stable condition.

There were two juveniles under the age of 17 inside the residence that were unharmed.  Their relationship is unknown at this time.

This investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department