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Killeen Police Continues to Seek the Public’s Help in Locating a Missing Person

Killeen, TX (April 19, 2021): 52-year-old Michael Howard Havekost is still considered missing and the Havekost Family and detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, once again are asking for the public’s assistance in locating their missing family member who was last seen on September 4, 2020.

Family members of Michael reported to officers on September 14, 2020 that they had not heard from him in a week and knew he was staying at the Days Inn located at 6200 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Killeen. Michael is 5’8” tall, weighs 160 pounds, bald or very short blond hair, and has hazel eyes. He also wears prescription glasses and wears hearing aids.

The department is asking anyone who sees Michael Havekost or knows of his whereabouts to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8800 or in the event he is somewhere other than Killeen to contact the local law enforcement agency.

You can also contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at http://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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Driver in Fatal Crash

Killeen, TX (April 16, 2021) 4:00 p.m.: The driver in this fatal crash has been identified as Julianna Rae Allen.  

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

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE AN EARLY MORNING CRASH FATALITY

Killeen, TX (April 16, 2021): An 18-year-old female is deceased from a single vehicle crash.   

On Friday, April 16, 2021, at approximately 3:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to IH-14 westbound in reference to a 911 call about a major crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white in color sedan on its roof and on fire.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, single occupant, was distracted by her cell phone while driving westbound on IH -14 near mile marker 285. The driver failed to maintain a single marked lane, leaving the roadway while sliding sideways. The vehicle’s wheels began to dig into the wet ground, eventually causing the vehicle to roll to the driver’s side and striking the “Welcome to Killeen” sign and landscape.

The driver of the vehicle succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 5:26 a.m.

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

We’d like to remind everyone to make safer choices while behind the wheel. “It Can Wait”. 

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate an Early Morning Crash Fatality

Killeen, TX (April 16, 2021): An 18-year-old female is deceased from a single vehicle crash.   

On Friday, April 16, 2021, at approximately 3:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to IH-14 westbound in reference to a 911 call about a major crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white in color sedan on its roof and on fire.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, single occupant, was distracted by her cell phone while driving westbound on IH -14 near mile marker 285. The driver failed to maintain a single marked lane, leaving the roadway while sliding sideways. The vehicle’s wheels began to dig into the wet ground, eventually causing the vehicle to roll to the driver’s side and striking the “Welcome to Killeen” sign and landscape.

The driver of the vehicle succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 5:26 a.m.

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

We’d like to remind everyone to make safer choices while behind the wheel. “It Can Wait”. 

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatality

Killeen, TX (April 14, 2021): A 24-year-old female is deceased when she fell out of a moving vehicle.

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at approximately 12:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection S. Fort Hood Street and Stefek Drive in reference to a body lying in the roadway. Upon the officers’ arrival, paramedics were on scene performing life saving measures on the female suffering from a head injury.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle, a silver Nissan SUV, driven by a female driver, was traveling eastbound on Stefek Drive when the passenger, who was sitting in the back seat, apparently opened the door and exited the vehicle while in motion. The driver of the vehicle came to a stop on the side of the road and was uninjured.

The victim, Jessica Garcia, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 1:46 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Former Killeen Police Officer Indicted by Bell County Grand Jury

Killeen, TX (April 8, 2021): A former Killeen Police Officer turned himself in to the Bell County Jail on April 1, 2021 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman who set his bond at $100,000.

The indictment stems from an investigation conducted by the Killeen Police Department Special Victims Unit when a female victim reported to detectives on June 22, 2019, that Edgar Diaz-Casillas had made unwanted sexual advances to her while acting under color of his employment as a public servant, namely, a Killeen Police Officer. Per protocol, Diaz-Casillas was placed on Administrative Leave with Pay.

An Internal Affairs Investigation was conducted and as a result, Diaz-Casillas, a three-year veteran, was indefinitely suspended on February 11, 2021, for code of conduct violations, dishonesty, lack of integrity and untruthfulness on multiple occasions.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on March 31, 2021, an indictment was issued by the Bell County Grand Jury charging Edgar Diaz-Casillas with Official Oppression.

Because this investigation is ongoing, and a civil service appeal is pending, there is no further information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Crash Fatality on Fort Hood Street

Killeen, TX (March 22, 2021): A 21-year-old male is deceased from an early morning crash

On Monday, March 22, 2021, at approximately 6:07 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Fort Hood Street and Westover Drive in reference to a major crash. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located one of the drivers pinned in his vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound in the inside lane in the 1500 block of S. Fort Hood Street, when a white Ford F150 pickup traveling northbound in the inside lane, went into the southbound lanes, and collided with the Nissan. Both vehicles came to a rest in the grassy portion of the west side of Fort Hood Street. The driver of the Ford was transported to Baylor Scott and White in serious condition. The driver of the Nissan was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the Nissan, Brandon Waterbury, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 8:17a.m., by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigates a Late Night Shooting

Killeen, TX (March 21, 2021): One teenager is recovering from a gunshot wound and another is deceased after attending a hotel room party.

At approximately 12:50 a.m., officers with the Killeen Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a blue sedan for a possible impaired driver at the intersection of W.S. Young Drive and Elms Road. When the officers approached the vehicle, the driver who was the sole occupant, was deceased, suffering from a visible self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 17-year-old juvenile male driver was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:06 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

While officers were on scene, officers were notified about a gunshot victim at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. The 18-year-old male victim told officers that he was attending a hotel room party with alcohol at the Shilo Inn, when one of the attendees was brandishing a handgun when it discharged, wounding his hand. The victim provided a description of the suspect and the handgun and it matched the description of the deceased driver in the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the two incidents were related.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Increase Traffic Enforcement During Spring Break

Killeen, TX (March 11, 2021): Officers will conduct an enhanced traffic enforcement from March 15-22, 2021.

Killeen Police would like to remind citizens with the warmer weather and the start of the Spring Break cycle for school districts and colleges, there will be more traffic on the roadways. Officers will be utilizing the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to have additional traffic enforcement patrols out during this time to assist with ensuring traffic safety. Drivers should be aware of posted speed limits, recognize and abide by posted traffic control devices, wear your seatbelts, make sure your passengers and children are restrained and please be courteous to other traffic on the roadway. Please be mindful of these officers making traffic stops and remember to SLOW DOWN/ MOVE OVER. If you have been drinking, please have a designated driver and DON’T DRINK and DRIVE. Working together we can make sure that everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break.

Sec. 545.157. PASSING CERTAIN VEHICLES
(a) This section applies only to the following vehicles:
(1) a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702;
(2) a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d);
(3) a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle or a highway maintenance or construction vehicle operated pursuant to a contract awarded under Subchapter A, Chapter 223, not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105;
(4) a service vehicle used by or for a utility, as defined by Section 203.091, and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105; and
(5) a stationary vehicle used exclusively to transport municipal solid waste, as defined by Section 361.003, Health and Safety Code, or recyclable material, as defined by Section 361.421, Health and Safety Code, while being operated in connection with the removal or transportation of municipal solid waste or recyclable material from a location adjacent to the highway.
(b) On approaching a vehicle described by Subsection (a), an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
(1) vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle; or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
(A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or
(B) five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
(c) A violation of this section is:
(1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401;
(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage; or
(3) a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury.
(d) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or under both sections.
(e) In this section:
(1) “Tow truck” means a vehicle that:
(A) has been issued a permit under Subchapter C, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code; and
(B) is operated by a person licensed under Subchapter D, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code.
(2) “Traffic control channelizing device” means equipment used to warn and alert drivers of conditions created by work activities in or near the traveled way, to protect workers in a temporary traffic control zone, and to guide drivers and pedestrians safely. The term includes a traffic cone, tubular marker, vertical panel, drum, barricade, temporary raised island, concrete or cable barrier, guardrail, or channelizer.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Suspect from a Hit and Run Crash in Custody

Killeen, TX (March 5, 2021): One male is in custody after fleeing the scene of a traffic crash involving a police vehicle late yesterday evening. The police sergeant received non-life-threatening injuries.

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, at approximately 9:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Trimmier Road and Stan Schlueter Loop to assist a Killeen Police Sergeant that was involved in a crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Police Sergeant was traveling northbound on Trimmier Road entering the intersection with a green light when a dark in color Dodge Charger traveling westbound on Stan Schlueter Loop, ran the red light, colliding into the patrol unit. The driver of the Charger fled the scene, failing to render aid. A short time later, officers were notified that someone was attempting to report a Dodge Charger stolen. Through the investigation, Traffic Investigators were able to identify the individual reporting the stolen vehicle was the suspect involved in the hit and run crash. The suspect was located and arrested for False Report to a Police Officer.

Traffic Investigators presented the case to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office for review and a complaint was returned charging 43-year-old Tajuan Carvell Brooks with Accident involving Injury-Fail to Stop and Render Aid. Brooks is currently in the Killeen City Jail awaiting arraignment.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Shooting Suspect Identified and Arrested

Killeen, TX (March 5, 2021): The suspect involved in the shooting incident at The Spot Bar & Restaurant is currently in the Bell County Jail.

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, around 2:18 a.m., officers with the Killeen Police Department were dispatched to “The Spot Bar & Restaurant” located at 10540 South Fort Hood Road., after receiving a 911 call about a shooting victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male victim suffering from several gunshot wounds. Officers started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to Scott and White Hospital in critical but stable condition

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was standing near the rear patio area, when the suspect began shooting at him multiple times, causing him to sustain several gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported the shooter was a black male about 6’1 to 6’2 feet tall and weighing approximately 190-210 lbs. They advised the male had a short cut hair style, goatee style beard, and wore a white long sleeve t-shirt with grey pants.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit, received numerous anonymous tips about the identity of the shooter. The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging 37-year-old Robert Theodore Jones with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Today, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the United States Marshals Service- Lone Star Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Jones in the 3000 block of Dannen Court. He was transported to the Bell County Jail.

The victim has since been released from the hospital.

The investigation to this incident is ongoing and additional charges are pending. At this time no other information will be released.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department