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Killeen Police Identify and Charge Suspect

Killeen, TX (March 14, 2022): A 39-year-old male has been charged in the death of two children.

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and returned two complaints charging Kendrick Donnell Gaines with Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Gaines and set his bond at $2.5 million. Gaines is currently awaiting transport to the Bell County Jail.

The female victim has been released from the hospital.

Kendrick Donnell Gaines
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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE A MURDER ON VEGA

Killeen, TX (March 12, 2022): Killeen police investigate the death of two juveniles during a domestic disturbance.

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, at approximately 11:12 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Vega Drive in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a 38-year-old female suffering with a gunshot wound. She was immediately transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition. Officers were then told that there were two female children inside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. A 6-year-old was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition and an 11-year-old, had no signs of life. She was pronounced deceased at 11:57 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the adult female and her spouse were involved in a domestic disturbance when shots were fired. Officers located and arrested the spouse, and he was transported to the Killeen City Jail. It was determined that the third victim was unharmed and all parties involved are related.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., the 6-year-old child succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by medial staff.

The adult female is currently in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries.

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 Murder on Vega

Killeen, TX (March 12, 2022): Killeen police investigate the death of two juveniles during a domestic disturbance.

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, at approximately 11:12 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Vega Drive in reference to a 911 call about a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a 38-year-old female suffering with a gunshot wound. She was immediately transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition. Officers were then told that there were two female children inside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. A 6-year-old was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition and an 11-year-old, had no signs of life. She was pronounced deceased at 11:57 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the adult female and her spouse were involved in a domestic disturbance when shots were fired. Officers located and arrested the spouse, and he was transported to the Killeen City Jail. It was determined that the third victim was unharmed and all parties involved are related.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., the 6-year-old child succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by medial staff.

The adult female is currently in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries.

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 Homicide on Redstone

Killeen, TX (March 11, 2022): Killeen police investigate the death of two people involved in a domestic disturbance.

On Friday, March 11, 2022, Killeen police received a 911 call at approximately 12:16 p.m. in reference to a suspicious male that was armed in the 2600 block of Brook Hollow Circle. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The male, 29-year-old Robert E. Whitaker III, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 1:25 p.m. While officers were on scene, they were advised of an unconscious female at a residence located in the 5800 block of Redstone Drive. When officers arrived at that location, they found a deceased female with a gunshot wound. The female victim, 25-year-old Neosha A. Johnson was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson at 2:12 p.m. and he ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that the female and the male were involved in a domestic relationship.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Need the Community’s Assistance

Killeen, TX (March 11, 2022): Killeen police are asking for the community’s assistance in the tragic incident involving Robin Ashford.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit have identified a person of interest and we believe people have information about this incident and the people involved. We urge you to come forward with your information. Detectives continue to actively investigate this case and we can assure you that the department is committed in solving this incident and will follow all leads, wherever they may take us.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this incident, to contact Detective Lozano at (254) 501-7822 or 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, 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.

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UPDATE NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE IDENTIFIES FIRE VICTIM

Killeen, TX (March 9, 2022): The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Robin Lynn Ashford.

The preliminary autopsy report was received, and this investigation will be conducted as a Homicide.

Both Killeen Police and Fire departments are actively investigating this Homicide. Detectives and arson investigators continue to interview witnesses and use their resources that could assist them in their investigation.

We will release additional information as the case progresses.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS INVESTIGATE AN APARTMENT FIRE

Killeen, TX (March 7, 2022): Killeen Police and Fire Departments are investigating the death of a female located inside a structure fire.

On Monday, March 7, 2022, at approximately 1:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Lake Road in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters with the Killeen Fire Department were on scene and making entry into one of the apartments due to heavy smoke. One victim was located inside, and paramedics immediately started life saving measures.

The female victim was pronounced deceased at 2:44 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at the scene. He 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.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this incident, to 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, 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 Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit and Arson Investigators with the Killeen Fire Department continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.


Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identifies Fire Victim

UPDATE – Killeen, TX (March 9, 2022): The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Robin Lynn Ashford.

The preliminary autopsy report was received, and this investigation will be conducted as a Homicide.

Both Killeen Police and Fire departments are actively investigating this Homicide. Detectives and arson investigators continue to interview witnesses and use their resources that could assist them in their investigation.

There is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS INVESTIGATE AN APARTMENT FIRE

Killeen, TX (March 7, 2022): Killeen Police and Fire Departments are investigating the death of a female located inside a structure fire.
On Monday, March 7, 2022, at approximately 1:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Lake Road in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters with the Killeen Fire Department were on scene and making entry into one of the apartments due to heavy smoke. One victim was located inside, and paramedics immediately started life saving measures.
The female victim was pronounced deceased at 2:44 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at the scene. He 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.
The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this incident, to 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, 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 Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit and Arson Investigators with the Killeen Fire Department continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identifies 31-year-old Murder Victim

Killeen, TX (March 7, 2022): Killeen Police has identified the male victim as Ketrelle Bolden.

The 25-year-old female victim is still in the hospital and is currently listed in stable condition.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit continue to investigate this incident and ask if you may have seen anything or have any information about this incident, to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous. There is no additional information at this time.

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NEWS RELEASE: KILLEEN POLICE INVESTIGATE AN EARLY MORNING MURDER ON GRAY STREET

Killeen, TX (March 5, 2022): Killeen Police are investigating the death of a 31-year-old male.
On Saturday, March 5, 2022, at approximately 3:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Dean Avenue in reference to a shots fired call. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located a 25-year-old female suffering from a gunshot and were told that there was a second victim at a residence on Gray Street. The female victim was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition.

Officers located a deceased male inside a residence located in the 1300 block of Gray Street. The 31-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased at 4:36 a.m., by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he ordered an autopsy to be performed.

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

This is the third Murder for the City of Killeen in 2022.

The department is 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 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 the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police and Fire Departments Investigate an Apartment Fire

Killeen, TX (March 7, 2022): Killeen Police and Fire Departments are investigating the death of a female located inside a structure fire.

On Monday, March 7, 2022, at approximately 1:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Lake Road in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters with the Killeen Fire Department were on scene and making entry into one of the apartments due to heavy smoke. One victim was located inside, and paramedics immediately started life saving measures.

The female victim was pronounced deceased at 2:44 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at the scene. He 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.

The department is asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this incident, to 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, 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 Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit and Arson Investigators with the Killeen Fire Department continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate an Early Morning Murder on Gray Street

Killeen, TX (March 5, 2022): Killeen Police are investigating the death of a 31-year-old male.

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, at approximately 3:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Dean Avenue in reference to a shots fired call. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located a 25-year-old female suffering from a gunshot and were told that there was a second victim at a residence on Gray Street. The female victim was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition.

Officers located a deceased male inside a residence located in the 1300 block of Gray Street. The 31-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased at 4:36 a.m., by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he ordered an autopsy to be performed.

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

This is the third Murder for the City of Killeen in 2022.

The department is 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 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 the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit continue to actively investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Train-Pedestrian Fatality

Killeen, TX (February 18, 2022): Killeen Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a train.

Killeen Police responded to a 911 call on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at approximately 9:48 p.m., telling them that a person had just been hit by a BSNF train at the 10th Street crossing. Upon the officers’ arrival they located a deceased female on the tracks.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the train was traveling eastbound approaching the 10th Street crossing when the conductor noticed a person near the tracks. The conductor sounded the train’s horn; however, the individual did not move, and the train struck the victim.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the victim deceased at 11:30 p.m. and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences of Dallas.

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

The investigation is ongoing and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Charge Suspect in Shooting Investigation

Killeen, TX (January 26, 2022): Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit receive multiple complaints on the 31-year-old robbery suspect.

On Monday, January 24, 2022, this case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and three complaints were returned charging Jamar McNair Jones with Aggravated Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Evading Arrest in a Vehicle. On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Jones was released from the hospital and transported to the Bell County Jail. On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Jones was arraigned on all three charges including an outstanding warrant for Assault with Bodily Injury on a Family Member out of our agency by Justice of the Peace Keith Reed and set his bond for all charges totaling $306,500.00.

The investigations involving this suspect is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time.

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Killeen, TX (January 18, 2022): Killeen Police are investigating a shooting involving a robbery suspect.

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at approximately 10:09 a.m., officers attempted to make contact at a residence in Killeen with a suspect believed to be involved in multiple armed robberies in the city. That is when the suspect fled in a gray Nissan sedan and a pursuit ensued. The suspect led officers eastbound on Veteran’s Memorial Blvd towards Harker Heights, Nolanville and onto I-14. The suspect continued to travel at a high rate of speed into Belton towards Loop 121 and then headed back westbound on I-14. The suspect then took the Rosewood Drive exit and he wrecked out, disabling his vehicle. He then fled from his vehicle and attempted to hijack a nearby vehicle. When the driver of that vehicle noticed the armed suspect, he took out his firearm and discharged it at the suspect, protecting himself. The suspect was struck multiple times. The suspect was immediately transported to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and subsequently airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

The suspect, a 31-one year-old male, has an active warrant out of Dallas for Aggravated Robbery.

We would like to thank our law enforcement partners, Harker Heights Police Department, Nolanville Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, KISD Police Department, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and Constable’s Office for their assistance with this incident.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate this incident and there is no other information at this time.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department