Killeen Police Investigate Shooting

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2019

Killeen Police Investigate a shooting.

The Killeen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating a shooting that took place early this morning between two rival motorcycle gangs.

On April 6, 2019, at 1:42 a.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to report of a disturbance/fight at MJ’s Bar and Grill at 1310 S Fort Hood Road.  While enroute, the call was changed to a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers learned that a large fight had taken place outside in the roadway.  During the fight, two people were shot. 

One person was taken to AdventHealth Hospital and is currently in serious condition.  The other person was taken to Darnell Army Community Hospital and then transferred to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in serious condition.

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 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

Bank Robber in Custody

UPDATE – March 2, 2019

In a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Killeen Police Department Violent Crimes Unit, the suspect was identified.  The suspect was located in rural Bell County and with the assistance of the FBI and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team, the suspect was arrested without incident early this morning.  The suspect is in custody and pending arraignment.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.

The Killeen Police Department would like to thank everyone involved for their assistance in quickly identifying this suspect.

Killeen Police Investigate a Bank Robbery.

On Friday, March 1, 2019, at approximately 12:56 p.m., Killeen Police received a 911 call in reference to a bank robbery at the 1stNational Bank located at 4304 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Officers’ were told that a male entered the bank, approached the teller and presented a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled in a black pick-up truck in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s, approximately 5’6”-5”8” tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds with a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a plaid scarf, a multi-color shirt, black pants and a black ball cap. 

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Robbery, 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 Investigate a Bank Robbery

On Friday, March 1, 2019, at approximately 12:56 p.m., Killeen Police received a 911 call in reference to a bank robbery at the 1st National Bank located at 4304 E. Central Texas Expressway.

Officers’ were told that a male entered the bank, approached the teller and presented a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled in a black pick-up truck in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s, approximately 5’6”-5”8” tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds with a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a plaid scarf, a multi-color shirt, black pants and a black ball cap.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Robbery, 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

Children Located and Safe

UPDATE – February 27, 2019

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the United States Marshal’s Office located and apprehended Jeffrey Gilseth and Maria Gilseth in Topeka, Kansas, without incident.  The children are safe.

We would like to thank everyone involved for assisting with this investigation.

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Killeen Police Investigate a Kidnapping

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at approximately 5:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of E. Central Texas Expressway in reference to a disturbance.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two parents kidnapped their three children during a supervised visit.  They fled the area in a gold and black SUV.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, were told that the children were removed from the parents’ custody and placed with Child Protective Services due to a history of family violence.  It is believed that the suspects have left the Killeen area.

The victims are identified as 11 year-old Hunter Gilseth, white male, 9 year-old Dylan Gilseth, white male, and 4 year-old Levi Gilseth, white male.

The suspects are identified as 32 year-old Jeffrey Gilseth, a white male with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5’10” tall and 250 pounds and 32 year-old Maria Gilseth, a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5’2” tall and 150 pounds.

The suspects’ vehicle is a gold and black Ford Explorer, with Texas license plate LDC1235.

This case has been reviewed with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and warrants have been issued for the arrest of both parents in relation to this abduction.  KPD has been working with the United State Marshal’s Service to locate the suspects and children.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD and Texas Rangers Investigate an Officer Involved Shooting

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at approximately 6:00 a.m., officers with the Killeen Police Department executed a narcotics search and arrest warrant at 215 W. Hallmark Avenue.  During the warrant execution, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and two officers.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced 40 year-old James Scott Reed deceased at 7:00 a.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

A female was inside the residence at the time of the warrant execution and since been transported to the Killeen City Jail for narcotics related charges.

One officer received minor injuries and has been treated and released.

Any further requests for information surrounding this incident can be directed to Sgt. John Roberts with the Texas Department of Public Safety at John.Roberts@dps.texas.gov.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Second Suspect in Homicide Arrested

UPDATE – February 26, 2019

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, detectives and the United States Marshal’s Service received information on the whereabouts of York.  At approximately 3:56 p.m., they located 21 year-old Darius Kirt York in the 4200 block of Bowles Drive and arrested him without incident.  He was transported to the Killeen City Jail and is awaiting arraignment. 

UPDATE – February 20, 2019

Through cooperation and tireless efforts of the United States Marshal’s Service and members of the Killeen Police Department, 17-year-old Zamante Jamon Alvis has been arrested.  Alvis is currently in the Killeen jail.  He was arraigned by JP Cooke and a $1,000,000 bond was set for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

UPDATE – February 19, 2019

The Criminal Investigation Division – Homicide Unit has obtained two warrants for the arrests of subjects involved in this incident. 21-year-old Darius Kirt York and 17-year-old Zamante Jamon Alvis have been identified as suspects in this case and are charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Killeen Police Investigate Homicide

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Covey Lane, at approximately 11:52 p.m., on Saturday, February 16, 2019, after receiving a call for shots fired.

Upon the officer’s arrival, the preliminary information they learned revealed that there was a disturbance between multiple people and at some point, several shots were fired and one subject was shot.  The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital by friends.

17 year-old, Obadiah Moishe Bush succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 1:53 a.m. on February 17.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Traffic Violation Leads to Drugs and Guns

Officers arrested a male and a female who were suspected of being in possession of a controlled substance, stolen handguns, possession of marijuana and stolen property.

On Sunday, February 24, 2019, at approximately 1:25 a.m., officers observed a blue Scion, occupied by two people, weaving in and out of traffic in the 3400 block of E. Central Texas Expressway.  As officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Goode Circle, the male driver slowly rolled the vehicle and jumped out; fleeing westbound on foot, while the passenger stayed in the vehicle.  Officers in the area located the suspect near the Killeen Mall and took him into custody without incident.   Both suspects were transported to the Killeen City Jail.

The Killeen Police Department is extremely proud of the actions of the night shift.  Their proactive police work removed drugs and handguns off the streets of Killeen and possibly prevented more needless gun violence. We are all lucky that these officers were quick in recognizing a dangerous situation and rectifying it in a safe manner.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department