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KPD Seeks a Suspect Vehicle and Driver in Pedestrian Fatality

UPDATE – December 22, 2019

Through the investigation, Investigators with the Traffic Unit have determined that the suspect vehicle is a pewter or lighter color 2000-2006 Chevy Tahoe.  There will be minimal damage to the front right headlight.  

We are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this suspect vehicle involved in this fatality, 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.

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 Killeen Police Investigates a Pedestrian Fatality on Jasper.

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Jasper Road at approximately 7:19 p.m., on Saturday, December 21, 2019, after receiving a 911 call about a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying in the roadway.  He was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was crossing southbound on Jasper Road.  An unknown SUV, traveling eastbound in the inside lane, struck the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The pedestrian, 53 year-old Michael Dean Cook, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 8:56 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The 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 Investigate a Fatal Crash on State Hwy 195

On Saturday, December 21, 2019, officers responded to the intersection of State Hwy 195 and Chaparral Road at approximately 11:10 p.m., after receiving a 911 call about a major crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a silver sedan and a gray SUV in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2015 Hyundai Elantra, occupied by two, was at a red light on Chaparral Road.  When the light turned green and as the Hyundai entered the intersection to turn left onto southbound Hwy 195, a gray 2020 Nissan Armada traveling northbound on Hwy 195 in the inside lane, disregarded the red light and collided into the left side of the Hyundai.   The passenger of the Hyundai was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center with life threatening injuries and has been subsequently transported to Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

The driver of the Hyundai, 21 year-old Patrick Lee Stephens, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at 11:58 p.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The three occupants of the Nissan Armada reported minor injuries.

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 Investigates a Pedestrian Fatality on Jasper

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Jasper Road at approximately 7:19 p.m., on Saturday, December 21, 2019, after receiving a 911 call about a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying in the roadway.  He was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was crossing southbound on Jasper Road.  An unknown SUV, traveling eastbound in the inside lane, struck the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The pedestrian, 53 year-old Michael Dean Cook, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 8:56 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Investigators with the Killeen Police Department, Traffic Unit, are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about the suspect vehicle involved in this fatality, 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.

The 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 Investigates a Fatal Crash on Interstate 14

On Saturday, December 21, 2019, Killeen Police responded to IH-14, at approximately 3:37 a.m., after receiving a 911 call in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a pedestrian.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two black males lying in the roadway on the westbound side of IH-14 near the Fort Hood Street exit ramp.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was walking on IH-14 in the outside lane and a 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide was traveling westbound in the outside lane.  The weather conditions at the time of the crash were very foggy and the roadway was wet.  The operator of the motorcycle was unable to take evasive action and struck the pedestrian.  The motorcycle operator was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters pronounced the pedestrian, 43 year-old Reggie Stamps deceased at approximately 4:41 a.m. at the scene.  JP Peters pronounced the operator of the motorcycle, 53 year-old Kerwin Royce Kilgore deceased at approximately 5:08 a.m. at the medical center.  JP Peters ordered autopsies to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas on Stamps and Kilgore.

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 Department Increases Patrols to Promote Traffic Safety

The Killeen Police Department, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, will promote traffic safety via increased traffic enforcement throughout the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.  This has been made possible through a comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant.  The program will allow officers to patrol key areas identified as having a higher volume of serious injury and fatality crashes, and to enforce traffic laws.  Officers working the STEP program will be able to identify, investigate and apprehend intoxicated/impaired drivers in the same key areas, all of which will contribute to a reduction in serious injury and fatality crashes.

In addition, additional resources are being committed to specific dates throughout the year.  The first of these key dates will start on Friday, December 13, 2019, and last until New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The Killeen Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year.

 Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests a Teacher’s Aide for Improper Relationship with Student

Killeen Police received information that a former teacher’s aide from Gateway High School allegedly engaged in an improper relationship with a student.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, discovered that Louisa Theresa Hernandez had an improper relationship with a male student during the 2018-2019 school year.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Monday, December 9, 2019, a complaint was returned charging 37 year-old Louisa Theresa Hernandez with an Improper Relationship between Educator and Student.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for her arrest and on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Hernandez was arrested and was transported to the Killeen City Jail.

We would like to thank the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, Killeen Independent School District, KISD Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service-Lone Star Fugitive Task Force for assisting with this investigation.

Police Investigate Shooting on Mulford Street

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, at approximately 7:15 P.M., officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Mulford St. in reference to a 911 call about a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the two victims were near their residence when confronted by two unknown suspects.  The two male gunshot victims, a 49-year-old, and 21-year-old were taken to local hospitals.  The 21-year-old victim has been released from the hospital.  The 49-year-old remains in the hospital in stable condition.  The investigation continues.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Violent Crimes Unit 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 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. 

Commander Ronnie Supak
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatal Crash on 38th Street

On Wednesday, November 21, 2019, at approximately 6:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of 38th Street and Water Street in reference to several 911 calls about a major crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a 2005 dark purple Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling in the outside lane of 38th Street approaching Water Street, when a maroon 2013 Chevy Impala, traveling southbound in the center turning lane failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle causing it to strike the right rear quarter panel of the Chevy.  The motorcycle came to rest in the outside lane of traffic.  A third vehicle, a 2019 white Kia Sorento traveling northbound in the outside lane of 38th Street struck the motorcycle.  The motorcyclist was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in critical condition.

A witness who was traveling southbound on 38th Street observed the crash and pulled over to assist.  The female exited her vehicle in an attempt to render aid to the motorcyclist.  As she crossed 38th Street, she was struck by a 2014 white Chevy Silverado 1500 that was traveling northbound in the inside lane on 38th Street.  She was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The pedestrian, 51 year-old Pamela Kay Freeman, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters at approximately 7:53 p.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.

Besides the pedestrian and the motorcyclist, no other injuries were reported.

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

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Pedestrian Fatality

On Friday, November 8, 2019, at approximately 11:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Twin Creek and Roy J. Smith in reference to a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male lying in the roadway.  He was immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition; he was subsequently airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a green Chevy or GMC style pickup truck was traveling northbound in the outside lane on Twin Creek Drive and struck the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, the victim, 27 year-old Christopher Rivers Jr. succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace David Barfield at 5:16 p.m.

Detectives with the Traffic Unit are asking anyone who may have seen anything or has information about this fatality, 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.

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 Charges Woman for False Report

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, a woman reported to the Killeen Police Department that she had been pulled over by a white Ford Crown Victoria equipped with flashing red and blue lights occupied by two males.   The female further stated that the males were wearing police uniforms, physically searched her and then left the area.

An investigation into the reported incident was immediately conducted by Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, General Crimes and C.O.P.S. Violent Crimes Units.  This investigation revealed the woman made a false report to the officer.  The incident did not happen.

On Monday, November 4, 2019, a warrant was issued for Brittany Neshay Garrett, 29, of Killeen by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke for False Report to a Police Officer.  Garrett was arrested and processed into the Killeen City Jail.

“The Killeen Police Department takes the safety and trust of our citizens very seriously,” stated Chief Charles Kimble.

We would like to remind the community that if you are ever concerned about being pulled over by a police officer, you could always ensure that you pull over in a well-lit, populated area and call 911 if you feel the need to verify it is a police officer making the traffic stop.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department