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Homicide Victim on Evergreen Identified

UPDATE – June 16, 2020

The name of the victim has been identified as 24 year-old Shareef Raekwon Alibarnett.

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

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Homicide, 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 Homicide, you could be eligible for reward up to $1,000 in cash.

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Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Evergreen.

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, at approximately 1:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evergreen Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a male lying at the intersection of Florence Road and Evergreen Drive with a gunshot wound and not breathing.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 2:52 am on scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

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

Detectives with the Homicide Unit are actively investigating this Homicide and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Evergreen

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, at approximately 1:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evergreen Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival they located a male lying at the intersection of Florence Road and Evergreen Drive with a gunshot wound and not breathing.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the male deceased at 2:52 am on scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

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

Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Homicide, 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(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit are actively investigating this Homicide and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Alpine Street

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at approximately 10:59 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Alpine Street in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim.   Upon the officers’ arrival, they located an unresponsive male sitting inside a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers immediately began to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim arrived at a residence and had a verbal altercation with a female.  A male friend of the female intervened and became engaged in a physical altercation.  After the two males separated, the victim displayed a knife, and the suspect retrieved a handgun and fired a gunshot towards the victim.  A suspect was identified and detained.   

The victim, Jared Michael Tristan, 29, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate this Murder and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Green Avenue

On Monday, June 1, 2020, at approximately 5:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Green Avenue in reference to a 911 about a gunshot victim.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male suffering with a gunshot wound.  Officers started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  He was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.    

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and a male acquaintance were involved in a verbal altercation that became physical.   During the altercation, the two males struggled over a handgun when the gun went off, striking the victim.   

The victim, Christopher McWhoter, 35, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate this case and information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Homicide on Kerrville Court

On Monday, June 1, 2020, at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Kerrville Court in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying on the ground in front of residence with a gunshot wound and not breathing. 

The victim, Ricky Darnell Ball, 30, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 9:49 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, 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(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Local Police Chief Arrested

Kempner Police Chief Arrested for Previous Incidents.

On March 11, 2020, the Killeen Police Department received information that a law enforcement officer from Texas A & M University – Central Texas failed to report complaints by a student. 

Through an investigation, it revealed that a student enrolled at the university reported Title IX  violations that were alleged to have been committed by a former employee of the institution to the former Chief of Police on two occasions.   The former Chief of Police failed to report the incidences as required by the Texas Education Code 51.255.  Title IX violations include instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking.

The Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and a complaint was issued charging Charles Edward Rodriguez with Failure to Report Certain Incidents.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Rodriguez turned himself in to the Killeen City Jail.  Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman arraigned him and set his bond at $2000.

“Now more than ever, the integrity of the police profession requires thorough impartial investigations, regardless of the status of the accused.    The Killeen Police Department stands with survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, “Chief Charles Kimble.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Suspect from Mother’s Day Shooting Investigation

On Sunday, May 10, 2020, officers were dispatched to the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 1105 S. Fort Hood Street in reference to a shots fired call at approximately 4:18 p.m. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a gray Jeep with damage to the vehicle.  The suspect fled the area prior to the officers’ arrival.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that the female victim and the suspect were involved in a domestic disturbance.  The female left the residence in her vehicle with her four children when the male began to follow and ram her vehicle numerous times.  The victim drove to the parking lot of McDonald’s when the suspect approached the vehicle, exchanged some words with her and discharged a weapon into the vehicle.

On May 11, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and a complaint was returned charging Jontay Perez Naylor, 25, with Aggravated Assault Threaten Bodily Injury with a Deadly Weapon.  A warrant was obtained and on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at approximately 12:05 a.m., with the assistance of the United States Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Naylor was located and arrested.  He is currently in the Bell County Jail.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Department Initiating Plans for Soft Reopening

In our ongoing efforts to perform our essential functions to protect and serve the public, we will be reopening the main lobby of the police headquarters for a limited time each day.  The lobby will be open seven days a week, beginning Monday, June 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Non-essential services such as fingerprinting and background checks will not be available.
  • Taxi, Peddler and Towing Permits are obtainable during the time the lobby is open or by calling (254) 501-8940.

We urge citizens to call us to file a police report in which an officer is not required for a response.  As an example reports such as theft, criminal mischief, lost property, and minor infractions can be taken over the phone.

We continue to ask for the public’s help to follow these recommendations for customer service:

  • All victims who need to file a non-life-threatening crime report can call our non-emergency line at (254) 501-8800. If required for the filing of your report, the lobby will be open during the designated times indicated.
  • To request a “press copy” of your filed report, you can email the Records Office at kpdrecords@killeentexas.gov. Please include your name, a contact number and a brief statement in your email.
  • To purchase crash reports online by visiting this link: https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/
  • To file a complaint, email the Internal Affairs Unit at kpdia@killeentexas.gov
  • For jail access, bail bonds companies, attorneys and families can contact (254) 200-7908 for information about an inmate.
  • Custodial exchanges and Safe Exchange Zone transactions can be made outside the front main entrance of the headquarters.
  • The Evidence Property Unit will be available by appointment only at (254) 501-8918.

To ensure the safety of fellow citizens and staff we ask that if you have business that must be handled at the department, you wear a mask when entering the lobby.  You may be asked to exit the lobby and obtain a mask before reentering.   Be cognizant of the distance between you and others.  If the desk officer determines that too many people are in the lobby, he or she may ask that you wait outside until space opens up and you can enter.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Conduct a Shooting Investigation on Andover Drive

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at approximately 5:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to 2200 block of Andover Drive in reference to a shooting victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers’ immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim was immediately transported to Baylor Scott and White in serious but stable condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect broke into the victim’s residence.  When the victim arrived and entered his home, the suspect shot the victim and assaulted him with a hammer.  Through the investigation, detectives were able to obtain suspect information and locate the suspect.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and issued a complaint charging Adrianna Jean Veal, 28, with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Family Member.  Veal was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and set her bond at $500,000.  Veal is currently awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

VEAL

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Murder on Goodhue Drive

On Monday, May 4, 2020, at approximately 12:04 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Goodhue Drive in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers’ immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim, Kevin Anton Davis, 58, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:27 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at the scene. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this Murder, 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(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department