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Extra Patrols During the Fourth of July Holiday

The Killeen Police Department would like to remind residents of the Fourth of July holiday and with it comes the responsibility of families to celebrate safely and legally. 

Fireworks are illegal to discharge within city limits and it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks within the corporate limits of the city and within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of five thousand (5,000) feet, unless such area is within the corporate limits of another municipality.  Any person in violation may be charged with a class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $2,000.00.

The department will have extra patrol units conducting a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) enforcement operation during the evening and into the night of July 4th.  This consists of placing dedicated resources in specific enforcement zones throughout the city, with the specific missions of traffic safety enforcement and DWI interdiction.  This effort was made possible through our partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the 2020 Comprehensive STEP grant. 

Drivers are encouraged to observe the posted speed limits and to avoid drinking and driving for their own safety and the safety of others.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Respond to Several Burglaries over the Weekend

This past weekend, officers responded to several burglaries of Houses of Worship within the City.   Officers were told that an unknown person(s) forced entry into the buildings and vandalized them, also stealing property. 

The suspect targeted the following:

  1. Freedom Fellowship Center located at 813 S. WS Young Drive
  2. Abundant Life Church of God located at 1210 Florence Road
  3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1410 S. 2nd Street
  4. Killeen Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church located at 3705 Zephyr Road
  5. Marlboro Heights Baptist Church located at 800 R A Abercrombie Drive
  6. Cal Community Center located at 1002 Jeffries Avenue

On Sunday, June 28th, officers were dispatched to the Cal Community Center located at 1002 Jeffries Avenue in reference to a Burglary of a Building.  Officers were in the area and located a suspect matching the description provided to them from previous reports.  At approximately 1:29 p.m., the suspect was detained and arrested without incident and transported to the Killeen City Jail. 

This case was presented for review to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 and a complaint was returned charging Chad Michael Carrion, 31, with Burglary of a Building.  Carrion was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set his bond at $50,000.  Carrion is currently is the Bell County Jail.

These burglaries continue to be investigated and additional charges are pending. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Update to Suspect Located

On Tuesday, June 30th, late in the evening hours, Special Agents with the Army Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division contacted the Killeen Police Department and the U.S. Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in reference to a person of interest in the missing soldier case from Fort Hood, Vanessa Guillen.   We were informed that the person of interest had left the post and was inside the City of Killeen.   During the course of the investigation, information was provided on the location of the suspect.  The suspect was located walking in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue and as officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect produced a weapon and committed suicide by shooting himself.  The suspect was pronounced deceased at 1:17 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at the scene. 

The person of interest was an active duty soldier and his name has been withheld pending notification next of kin through the Army Casualty Assistance Office. 

Any further inquiries to the investigation regarding Vanessa Guillen will be directed to the Army Fort Hood CID. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Locates Suspect for Other Agency

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Killeen Police Department along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted investigators with the Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division in one of their criminal cases.  At approximately 1:29 a.m., officers located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue.  As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it towards himself.  The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   

More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Third Person Arrested in Homicide

UPDATE – June 23, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office issued a directive to apprehend for a 15 year-old male juvenile and he was charged with Capital Murder.  The juvenile was taken into custody and is currently in the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.

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

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UPDATE – June 22, 2020

The investigation revealed that Breez Breann Collier, 24, of Harker Heights and Jessica Helen Hampton, 18, of Killeen, agreed to meet with the victim, Shareef Ali-Barnett on the night of the Murder.  Both Collier and Hampton planned and worked together to carry out a robbery of Shareef.  During the commission of that robbery, Shareef Ali-Barnett was shot and killed.   The forensic evidence, as well as surveillance video; corroborated witness statements of the crime.

Collier and Hampton were arrested by the members of the United States Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in the 1000 block of Central Texas Expressway in Killeen on outstanding warrants and possession of controlled substance. 

On June 21, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and complaints were returned charging Breez Breann Collier and Jessica Helen Hampton with Murder. 

Both were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set their bond at $1,000,000 and are currently in the Bell County Jail.

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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.  

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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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests Two in Homicide

UPDATE – June 22, 2020

The investigation revealed that Breez Breann Collier, 24, of Harker Heights and Jessica Helen Hampton, 18, of Killeen, agreed to meet with the victim, Shareef Ali-Barnett on the night of the Murder.  Both Collier and Hampton planned and worked together to carry out a robbery of Shareef.  During the commission of that robbery, Shareef Ali-Barnett was shot and killed.   The forensic evidence, as well as surveillance video; corroborated witness statements of the crime.

Collier and Hampton were arrested by the members of the United States Marshals – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in the 1000 block of Central Texas Expressway in Killeen on outstanding warrants and possession of controlled substance. 

On June 21, 2020, the Bell County Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and complaints were returned charging Breez Breann Collier and Jessica Helen Hampton with Murder. 

Both were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin who set their bond at $1,000,000 and are currently in the Bell County Jail.

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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.  

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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.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatal Crash on State Highway 195

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, at approximate 3:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of State Highway 195 and FM 2484 in reference a 911 call about a major crash involving a black 2009 Dodge Ram pick-up truck and a tan 2001 Toyota Sienna van.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Toyota was stopped at a stop sign facing westbound on FM 2484 attempting to turn left onto SH 195.  The Dodge was traveling northbound on SH 195 in the inside lane approaching the intersection, when the driver of the Toyota failed to yield-right of way-stop sign to the Dodge and entered the intersection, causing the Dodge to strike the left side of the Toyota.  The Dodge was occupied by the operator and a front seat passenger and was treated on scene.   The Toyota was occupied by the driver, a front seat passenger and the back right passenger.  The front seat passenger of the Toyota was transported to Baylor Scott and White in stable condition. 

The driver, Amanda Dawn Dixon Williams, 40, and the back right passenger, Katie Marie Burch, 15, of the Toyota were pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 4:40 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 Remains

June 21, 2020 – UPDATE

The skeletal remains were identified with the assistance of Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Army Dental Corps as those of the missing Ft. Hood soldier Gregory Morales.  Autopsy results are still pending to determine the cause and manner of death. 

The Killeen Police Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate and continues to ask the public for assistance if they have any information.

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On Friday, June 19, 2020, at approximately 9:00 AM, Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division contacted the Killeen Police Department in reference to a tip they received.  The tip indicated that a body was located in a field in the 3200 block of Florence Road, in Killeen.  Detectives with the Killeen Police Department Homicide Unit met with members of Ft. Hood CID at that location.  Ft. Hood CID contacted a Texas Parks and Wildlife K9 for assistance in searching the field.  During the K9 search, skeletal remains were located and a crime scene established.

At approximately 11:10 AM, Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin made the pronouncement of death.  An autopsy has been ordered.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Texas Department of Public Safety for the assistance they have provided with this investigation.

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

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigating a Scene Where Skeletal Remains Were Located

On Friday, June 19, 2020, at approximately 9:00 AM, Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division contacted the Killeen Police Department in reference to a tip they received.  The tip indicated that a body was located in a field in the 3200 block of Florence Road, in Killeen.  Detectives with the Killeen Police Department Homicide Unit met with members of Ft. Hood CID at that location.  Ft. Hood CID contacted a Texas Parks and Wildlife K9 for assistance in searching the field.  During the K9 search, skeletal remains were located and a crime scene established.

At approximately 11:10 AM, Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin made the pronouncement of death.  An autopsy has been ordered.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank Ft. Hood Criminal Investigation Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Texas Department of Public Safety for the assistance they have provided with this investigation.

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

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

KPD Announces Police Reform

The Killeen Police Department has had an opportunity to review the President’s Executive Order on police reform, and reached out to the community and law enforcement members.  We are pleased to report that our agency already meets or exceeds some of the guidelines for police reform.  Even so, we have taken additional steps to improve our Police Department in a police reform package.  In this package, six areas are highlighted in our initial recommendations.  At KPD, Police reform is ongoing and we look forward to working with the community and our law enforcement partners for a positive result in order to serve our community better.  

The events of recent police misconduct and the subsequent talks of police reform have not fell upon deaf ears at the Police Department and more specifically me, as the Chief of Police.  The City of Killeen is in an ideal situation, whereas, we are a CALEA (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) accredited organization and have recently been re-accredited and our policies and procedures are up to date, reasonable and conforms to modern police practices.

CALEA or the Commission was created in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority by the four major law enforcement membership associations:

  • International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriff’s Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

In the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to talk to many community members, other law enforcement professionals and even those who identify themselves as catalysts for change in the area of criminal justice and I hear and understand their concerns.  Though, the Killeen Police Department is an accredited agency, I feel there is an opportunity to go above and beyond as I listen to the national narrative.  I will now layout some areas where we have listened and are ready to effect change.  Please understand this is an initial review and I and selected members of the organization will be specifically tasked to undertake police reform in the Killeen Police Department.  I look forward to working with you, the governing body and the public as the Killeen Police Department continues on its path of excellence, progressiveness, and forward-looking as we move into this new era of policing.

Use of Force

               The Killeen Police Department has a very good and thorough use of force policy.  I am pleased to point out that our police department policy ALREADY contains a duty to intervene, it states in the Use of Force Policy, section .03, sub section D-Duty TO INTERVENE: Any employee present and observing another employee using force that is CLEARLY beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall, when in a position to do so, safely intercede to prevent the use of excessive force.  Employees shall promptly report those observations to a supervisor.

Resulting action-To strengthen the policy regarding Duty to Intervene; if an employee has to take action regarding this policy, in addition to reporting his/her actions to a supervisor, they will also be required to write a memorandum to the chief of police before the end of their duty day of the circumstances that required them to intervene and annotate what occurred in a supplemental police report.

Under the current use of force reporting, when force is used by an officer or employee, a subsequent investigation is conducted by the employees’ supervisor but, there is no specific provision when the report is initiated.

Resulting Action-The revised use of force reporting policy will require that a supervisor respond to the scene, when practical, of a use of force incident and immediately conduct an investigation, which may include gathering evidence, locating witnesses and interviewing all parties involved.

Choke hold

               The Killeen Police department has always specifically and intentionally banned the use of the “choke hold” or carotid hold in our policies for many years, unless in an extreme situation where deadly force would be authorized. 

Resulting Action-The Killeen Police department would continue with our current police regarding the ban of the choke hold or carotid hold.  Additionally, we will not participate in any training where such a hold is taught and will support any efforts to ban the choke hold in routine use of force application.

Requesting Medical treatment

               The Killeen Police Department has a policy contained within the use of policy to render aid to all persons who are injured as a result of the application of force by an employee or officer. 

Resulting action-This section of the policy will specifically and intentionally add that during the use of force, applying arrest tactics or attempting to arrest a subject and the arresting subject, communicates, “I can’t breathe” or some other exclamation that is preventing the flow of air, the officer or employee, when safe and practical, will immediately render first aid  to assist the arrestee in the flow of air.  When an arrestee communicates that he/she has trouble breathing, this will be treated as a medical situation. 

No knock warrants

               Currently, the Killeen Police Department executes many types of search warrants as a routine part of law enforcement.  The Department executes search warrants to obtain evidence to successfully prosecute cases in our criminal courts.  Officers and detectives that work in the enforcement of narcotic investigations also use search warrants to obtain evidence and arrest offenders.  Due to the unpredictable, dangerous and violent nature of narcotic traffickers to protect their illegal proceeds from other drug traffickers and even police; officers and detectives in the Killeen Police Department, based on the pattern and history the suspect, ask for an exception to the knock and announce requirement when entering a residence to arrest violent suspects.  Historically, the rise and use of warrants in exception of the knock and announce rule or “no knock warrants” exploded in the 1990s and for almost twenty years as the county fought the war on drugs.  As law enforcement transitioned away from the war on drugs, drug traffickers in no way reduced their illegal efforts and continued to traffic marijuana and produce methamphetamines and thus, the trafficking of illegal weapons continue as more people are involved in the trafficking of drugs and illegal weapons. 

               Law enforcement, to include the Killeen Police Department, continue our efforts to suppress illegal narcotics and weapons and ask for an exception to the knock and announce rules, when circumstances dictate.  This is allowed in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to keep the suspect, community and officers safe during the arrest of these violent offenders in our communities.

               As the Chief of Police, I am keenly aware of the national debate and controversy regarding “no knock” warrants and how the Killeen Police Department applies and executes no knock warrants.  To summarize:

  • An officer/Detective conducts and investigation into a drug, illegal weapons suspect, or violent offender.
  • Probable cause is established to search the premises and arrest the suspect
  • If the suspect has an established violent history or the investigation reveals that some other violent situation exists such as, other armed or dangerous subjects (not associated with the investigation are on the premises); or some other reason that would give officers a tactical advantage to keep the community, officers and the suspects from being injured, Officers then ask for permission from a judicial official that a no knock warrant be executed.
  • Officers/Detectives meet with department’s SWAT team and they conduct an assessment on how to execute the no knock warrant.
  • Officers/Detective from the narcotic unit, along with the SWAT team supervisors meet with the Executive Police Staff (Chief of Police and/or Assistant Chief of Police) for final approval to execute the warrant.  

Resulting Action-The Killeen Police Department recommends placing a temporary hold on requesting search warrants that include a provision to the knock and announce rule for a period of ninety (90) days.  During this 90-day period, if it is deemed necessary that a “no knock” warrant is needed, this allowance can only be made be the Chief of Police or the Assistant Chief of Police.  Examples when an exception may be granted are:

  • Warrant service when a person’s life is in danger and/or a person is being held against his/her will
  • Warrant service that includes the identification, removal and detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other incendiary devices that can cause wide-spread, indiscriminate damage.
  • Warrant service at the request of federal agencies in assistance of national security
  • This list is not inclusive of all possible situations but, act as a guideline
  • During the 90-day review period, a workgroup will be formed consisting of officers, detectives and community members to formulate a community response/policy for service of no knock warrants.

Note: No “no knock” warrants for narcotic investigations will be granted during this 90-day review period.  

Accountability

               The supervisory and executive staff of the Killeen Police Department has identified flaws with the current Internal Affairs system.  In short, the system is approximately fifteen years old and we are working on the original version.  As you can imagine, computer systems, operating systems and data storage has changed immensely in fifteen years.  To maintain our status of a progressive and forward-looking police organization the Internal Affairs unit must have a recognized, professional, proven system that can work with our accreditation software and help identify officers through early intervention that have been involved in numerous incidents of misconduct and identify and recognize positive actions by officers and employees.

Resulting Action-The Killeen Police is requesting the City Manager assist the Department in allocating funds to obtain IA Pro with the Blue Team Solution.  IA Pro in the leading Professional Standards Software World Wide used in over 800 public safety agencies in five countries and will be an ideal complement to our CALEA accreditation software.  More information can be found on IA Pro with the Blue Team solution at www.iapro.com.  Cost is approximately $50,000.

               The Killeen Police Department is a 334-member organization with 258 sworn police officers, which includes the Chief of Police.  The sworn members of the Police Department have rules regarding employment, dismissal, discipline, termination, retirement, workers compensation and benefits in Chapter 143 of the Local Government Code.  The Chief of Police, who is hired by the City manager is the only sworn police officer not governed by the rules of Chapter 143.  The Chief of Police can choose an Assistant Chief of Police from the current ranks of the 257 member police force but this can be challenging as only two executive members manage police operations, administrative functions, jail/local holding facility rules, vehicle logistics, IT logistics, HR, hiring, discipline and many other functions that it takes to operate and manage a Police department.  As we move forward in the new area of policing there must be executive oversight in the area of police community relations, enhanced training and police reform.

Resulting Action-The Chief of Police is requesting the addition of two positions; a second Assistant Chief of Police position that is selected by the Chief of Police.  The second position would be a training sergeant.  The Killeen Police Department is lacking supervisory oversight in the training of new employees at our police training center and supervisory oversight to bring state of the art, progressive training to the organization.  With the addition of the training Sergeant, coordination could be had to bring more de-escalation training, identifying and dealing with people from other cultures, implicit bias training, and other alternatives to reduce use of force situations. 

Transparency

               Admittedly, very little data is available publicly or it is difficult to find through the current web format of the Killeen Police Department.  The Department and the City of Killeen spends a lot of man-hours fulfilling public information requests, which in many cases is routine information from the local media and interested citizens.  Also, in today’s environment it is an asset to lower the bar of suspicion and an agency should be able to stand on the information it provides to the public.

Resulting Action-The Killeen Police Department, in concert with IT, to vigorously research, develop and plan to have an open portal or open database that can be accessed by the public.  Studying and sharing non-sensitive information can provide valuable insights and build trust in the community.  This project is of the highest priority of the Police Department and will be managed by the Chief of Police.

Charles F. Kimble

Chief of Police