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Killeen Police Investigate a Motorcycle Fatality

Killeen, TX (January 31, 2021): A 36-year-old female is deceased after striking a vehicle that occurred during the evening hours.

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, at approximately 9:58 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of S. Fort Hood Street in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unconscious female lying on the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white Harley Davidson was traveling southbound on SH 195 at unsafe speed when the driver of a black Nissan Versa failed to yield-Right of Way-stop sign and entered the intersection in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the left front quarter panel of the Nissan, causing the operator to be ejected. The operator was not wearing a helmet.

The operator of the motorcycle, Marla Harris, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 11:15 p.m.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Locate Stolen Vehicle and Suspects

Killeen, TX (January 30, 2021): Two juveniles are in custody after they steal a vehicle in the 3600 block of Zephyr Road with an infant inside.

The Killeen Police Department received a 911 call on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at approximately 5:21 p.m., about a vehicle being stolen with a 9-month old infant boy inside. Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that the owner of the vehicle left it running while he stepped out to briefly talk to his spouse as she placed a food order at the restaurant. That is when he turned around and noticed the vehicle was missing. A description of the vehicle was provided to assisting officers and within minutes, they located the vehicle traveling northbound on 38th Street with two occupants. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and fled. A short pursuit ensued when the suspect driver came to a stop near Westcliff Road. The two occupants, a 15-year old male and a 14-year-old female, were detained without incident.

At approximately 5:38 p.m., while officers were detaining the occupants of the stolen vehicle, officers were notified that an infant was left on the side of the roadway in his car seat and appeared to be unharmed. Additional officers immediately responded to the location of the infant where they were met by Killeen EMS. The child was assessed by EMS as a precaution and was found to be in good health with no injury.

“This is another reminder to never leave children in an unattended vehicle, not even for a moment. Thieves are always looking for crimes of opportunity. The officers with Days B Shift did an outstanding job locating the vehicle and safely returning the infant to his family,” stated Chief Charles Kimble.

Investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrests 20 Year-Old Male for Aggravated Assault

Killeen, TX (January 27, 2021): On January 23, 2021, at approximately 12:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Buddy’s Neighborhood Store, located at 3000 Old FM 440 regarding a shooting incident. Upon their arrival, they located several shell casings, but no victims or suspects were on scene. A short time later, officers were advised that a victim, suffering with a gunshot wound to the leg, arrived at Advent Health Hospital, along with a vehicle that had damage consistent with a bullet hole. The victim since has been released from the hospital.

Through the investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect and locate his vehicle. The victim positively identified Chanon Jaross Lacewell as the shooter.

On January 24, 2021, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Lacewell with Aggravated Assault Bodily Injury with a Deadly Weapon. An arrest warrant for Chanon Jaross Lacewell was issued by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set his bond at $200,000.

On January 25, 2021, Chanon Jaross Lacewell was located and taken into custody by Detectives of the Killeen Police Department and Agents of the Marshals Service-Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

UPDATE – Killeen Police and Texas Rangers are Investigating an Officer Involved Shooting

Killeen, TX (January 13, 2021): The deceased male has been identified as 52-year-old Patrick Lynn Warren, Sr. of Killeen.

The officer involved, Officer Reynaldo Contreras, is a 5-year veteran of the department. He remains on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

In addition to the investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers, the Killeen Police Department is conducting a separate Internal Affairs investigation.

For any inquires with the Texas Rangers, send to Sgt. Bryan Washko at Bryan.Washko@dps.texas.gov.

Police Chief Charles Kimble issues the following statement to the public:

This incident is rightfully of great concern to the community. As Killeen Police Chief, it is my duty to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted so that all parties, including the public, have the answers they seek. There are many more facts in this case that are not publicly available at this time. I assure you that more information will be made available as soon as appropriate, and I ask for your patience as both investigations proceed.

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Killeen, TX (January 10, 2021): At approximately 5:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Carrollton Avenue in reference to a 911 call in reference to a psychiatric call. Upon the officer’s arrival, he encountered an emotionally distressed man. The officer initially used his conducted energy weapon, which was ineffective, and then discharged his duty weapon during the encounter, striking the subject. The male was transported by paramedics to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and later succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel and Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. Bryan Washko with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

As per protocol, the officer will be placed on administrative leave.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police and Texas Rangers Are Investigating an Officer Involved Shooting

Killeen, TX (January 10, 2021): At approximately 5:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Carrollton Avenue in reference to a 911 call in reference to a psychiatric call. Upon the officer’s arrival, he encountered an emotionally distressed man. The officer initially used his conducted energy weapon, which was ineffective, and then discharged his duty weapon during the encounter, striking the subject. The male was transported by paramedics to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and later succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel and Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Rangers responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing, being led by the Rangers.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. Bryan Washko with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

As per protocol, the officer will be placed on administrative leave.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Pedestrian Fatality on Rancier Avenue

Killeen, TX (January 8, 2021): One female pedestrian is deceased after being struck by a vehicle that occurred during the evening hours.

On January 7, 2021, Killeen Police were dispatched at approximately 6:38 p.m., to the 3300 block of E. Rancier Avenue in reference to a 911 call about a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unconscious female lying on the side of the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black Chevrolet Malibu was traveling westbound on Rancier Avenue in the outside lane. When the pedestrian attempted to cross Rancier Avenue from the southside of the roadway to the northside, she failed to yield right of way to the Malibu and was struck. The impact caused the pedestrian to come to rest in the grassy area north of the roadway.

The pedestrian, 51-year-old Penn Moffitt Ford, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 7:39 p.m.

The Killeen Police Department reminds both drivers and pedestrians to be vigilant when out on roadways of Killeen. Your safety is our priority.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Driver from Fatal Crash on State Highway 195

Killeen, TX (January 1, 2021): A 23-year-old female is currently in the Bell County Jail with multiple charges.

Through the investigation, it revealed that the driver of the Toyota, Alexus Nicole Williams, 23, had drugs in her system and was driving under the influence.  On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and two complaints were returned charging, Alexus Nicole Williams with Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault causing Serious Bodily Injury. 

On Thursday, December 31, 2020, at approximately 10:18 a.m., traffic investigators located Williams in the 1100 block of W. Stan Schlueter Loop and arrested her without incident. 

The Killeen Police Department asks everyone to be responsible and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

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Killeen Police Investigate a Fatal Crash on State Highway 195.

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at approximately 6:51 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of State Highway 195 and Chaparral Road in reference a 911 call about a major crash involving a white Toyota Corolla and a silver Chevrolet Malibu.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Malibu was traveling northbound on SH 195 in the outside lane approaching the intersection, when the Corolla, that was traveling southbound on SH 195, turned left at the intersection, through the crossover, in an-attempt to cross the northbound lanes onto Chaparral.  The driver of the Corolla failed to yield right of way to the Malibu, causing the Malibu to strike the Corolla’s right passenger side.  The impact caused the Corolla to rotate to the northeast corner of the intersection into the grassy area, rolling onto its top and coming to a rest.  The Malibu also traveled to the northeast corner and came to a stop in the grassy area. The three occupants in the Corolla were transported to Baylor Scott & White in critical condition and the driver of the Malibu was also transported to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition. 

One of the passengers in the Toyota, Dade Michael Neujahr, 23, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace GW Ivey at approximately 7:54 p.m.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identify Suspects from Mickey’s Convenience Store Shooting

Killeen, TX (December 30, 2020): On Sunday, December 6, 2020, at approximately 12:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of S WS Young Drive in reference to a shooting and a female victim. Upon arrival, they located a female suffering from a gunshot wound by unknown persons.

It was reported that the victim arrived at the business and parked, when a red Chevrolet car parked near the victim and a male exited the vehicle. A second vehicle, a gray 4 Dr Hatchback, parked several spots away on the opposite side of the victim’s vehicle and two males exited. The two males from the gray hatchback started to shoot at the male from the red car. The female victim was caught in the crossfire. Both the gray vehicle and the red vehicle fled the scene. The victim was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were able to identify the males from the gray hatchback. On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Zaveon Hakhem Cummings, 18, and Emilio Terrazas, 19, both from Killeen for Aggravated Assault.

CUMMINGS

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Zaveon Hakhem Cummings, was located and arrested by members of the US Marshals Service – Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in 18000 Block of Live Oak Trail, Tomball Texas.

TERRAZAS
STILL AT LARGE

In addition to the arrest warrant for Aggravated Assault, Emilio Terrazas is a Person of Interest in connection with the shooting on Alma Drive that occurred on December 27, 2020. Terrazas is described a Hispanic male, 6’ and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Detectives are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Emilio Terrazas to contact 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 and if your tip leads to the arrest of Terrazas, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies the Six Suspects from Weekend Shootings

Killeen, TX (December 30, 2020) On December 27, 2020 Officers with the Killeen Police Department, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, and the US Marshals Service – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force located a vehicle believed to have been used in the shootings in Killeen.  Two adults and one juvenile were in the vehicle.

The adults, Devin Dayon Williams, 20, and Devan Duane Groves, 19, both from Killeen were arrested for narcotics related offenses.  The investigation of any possible involvement of Williams and Groves with any of the shootings is ongoing.    

WILLIAMS
GROVES

On Monday, December 28, 2020, detectives presented the case to the Bell County District Attorney’s office for the shooting on Alma Drive and a complaint was returned charging Shyheim Khali Matthews, 19, from Killeen, with Aggravated Assault.  The District Attorney subsequently issued complaints charging Matthews with three counts of Aggravated Assault.                             

MATTHEWS

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Shyheim Khali Matthews, was observed in a vehicle with three other occupants, and a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to stop and after a short vehicle pursuit, the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Andover Drive and Baumann Drive.  Matthews and the three occupants fled on foot from the vehicle.  Detectives with the Killeen Police Department, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, and US Marshals Service – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, pursued Matthews and the three individuals on foot.  Officers apprehended all four suspects and took them into custody without incident.  Four loaded handguns (one stolen out of Killeen) and illegal narcotics were seized from the scene.

The three other occupants of the vehicle, Deondray Trevonn Lumpkin, 23, Nathaniel Shineak Murph, 23, and Aaron Mikale Warren, 22, all from Killeen, were arrested for Evading.  Murph has been charged with Evading in a Vehicle, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Evading on Foot.  Lumpkin and Warren have been charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.  Charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marihuana (4 oz. – 5 lbs.) are pending.

LUMPKIN
MURPH
WARREN

The stolen handgun in this case was a handgun that was left in an unlocked vehicle in Killeen. 

The Killeen Police Department urges everyone to not leave firearms in unattended/parked vehicles, and to also lock vehicle doors when the vehicle is parked unoccupied.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE ARREST SIX FROM WEEKEND SHOOTINGS

Killeen, TX (December 28, 2020): Over the Christmas holiday, December 26th through December 27th, officers responded to three gang-related shootings.  Two of those that occurred within hours from each other, sending three individuals to the hospital. 

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division identified the subjects involved to be gang affiliated with Young Paper Chasers (YPC) and K-Town Mafia (KTM).  One juvenile and six adults have been located and arrested in connection to the drive by shooting on Alma Drive. 

During the investigation, detectives recovered seven firearms and narcotics in wholesale amounts.  Some of the suspects also had outstanding warrants.

Charges they could be facing include Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Deadly Conduct and various weapon and drug related charges.

While arrests have been made, these shootings are still being investigated.  Anyone with information about any of these incidents are asked to call the police department or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477).

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Multiple Agencies Locate and Arrest ATM Bandits

Killeen, Texas (December 29, 2020): Detectives with the Killeen Police Department and FBI San Antonio Central Texas Violent Crime Task Force located two males with active federal arrest warrants issued out of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas – Waco Division.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, officers with the Harker Heights Police Department were dispatched to the BanCorpSouth Bank located at 661 W. Central Texas Expressway in reference to an ATM alarm. Upon arrival, an officer witnessed an individual in a vehicle allegedly tampering with the ATM. Authorities attempted to stop the vehicle, but the occupants refused, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. After several moments, the vehicle came to a stop. All three occupants of the vehicle exited and evaded on foot.

Officers located one of the suspects, Howard Lee Jordan, age 29, who was placed into custody without incident. Jordan was transported to the Harker Heights Police Department.

Further investigation by the Harker Heights Police Department, Killeen Police Department and FBI San Antonio Central Texas Violent Crime Task Force identified the other two suspects.

Authorities obtained arrest warrants for Maurice Allen Harris and Christopher Anthony George for violations of 18 USC Section 2113(a) – Bank Robbery- and for 18 USC Section 371 – Conspiracy.

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, a joint effort with members of the Killeen Police Department and FBI San Antonio Central Texas Violent Crime Task Force located Harris and George at their place of employment and placed them into custody without incident.

All three suspects are charged by a federal criminal complaint. They are currently in the McLennan County Jail where they remain pending initial appearances in federal court in Waco. A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department