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Killeen Police K9 Awarded Bullet and Stab Protective Vest

Killeen Police Department’s K9 Jaxx will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jaxx’s vest is sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2019 craft fair fundraiser and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Kilo, Seekonk Police Department, MA”.

K9 Jaxx

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Assist with Missing Ordnance Recovery

On Friday, April 26, 2019, Killeen Police received a request from the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division from Fort Hood, for assistance on an active investigation.  Through the investigation, it was revealed that multiple pieces of ordnance were removed from Fort Hood and stored in different residences throughout the city.

The Fort Hood Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit was contacted and asked to assist the Killeen Police Department by assessing and recovering the ordnance.  Four (4) neighborhoods, Splawn Ranch, Hunt Drive, Transit Drive and Carol Way were areas with imminent danger and nearby residents were evacuated for their safety.

At approximately 10:10 p.m., the investigation concluded and all missing pieces of ordnance were safely removed and recovered by the U.S. Army EOD Unit.

All the agencies safely cleared the scenes and residents were able to return to their homes.

The agencies involved in this investigation were the Fort Hood CID, Fort Hood EOD, the Killeen Fire Department and the Killeen Police Department Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions.

All further inquiries about this incident should be directed to Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Couple Sentenced to 60 years in Federal Prison

Killeen couple sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for sexually assaulting children and producing child pornography. 

Today, April 24, 2019, in Waco, United States District Judge Alan D. Albright sentenced 27-year-old Christopher Almaguer and his wife, 27-year-old Sarah Almaguer, who both pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of production of child pornography on October 30, 2018.  By pleading guilty, the couple admitted that in December of 2017, they uploaded sexually explicit videos of themselves sexually assaulting children as young as eight months old.

“These kinds of heinous crimes are unimaginable, but happen all too often,” said Chief Kimble.  “In this situation, the suspects in these horrific acts were arrested, convicted and will no longer be predators in our community while they serve their term where they belong – in Federal Prison.”

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in this investigation; the U. S. Attorney’s Office, the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, Child Exploitation Unit, the U.S. Secret Service and the Temple Police Department.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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