KPD Investigates a Fatal Motorcycle Crash

CORRECTION UPDATE – March 20, 2018

 The operator of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at approximately 12:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Veterans Memorial Blvd. in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white male lying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black Kawasaki Motorcycle was traveling over the speed limit eastbound in the outside lane of Veterans Memorial Blvd., when a red Ford Pickup truck entered the intersection turning westbound from Highland Avenue.  The operator of the motorcycle struck the front left quarter panel of the truck, causing the operator to be ejected off the motorcycle, landing in the roadway.  The operator of the motorcycle, 44 year-old Michael Thetford of Killeen, was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on Sunday, March 18, 2018 by Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking at 11:18 a.m.  The operator of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit and information will be released as it becomes available

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Shooting Suspect faces Additional Charge

UPDATE

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Attorney’s Office – Waco Division have been working together on this case and additional charges have been filed.  On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, an indictment was obtained on 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones, charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Jones is currently in the Bell County Jail. 

On Sunday, March 5, 2018, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cavalry Drive in reference a 911 call about an armed subject.  While officers’ were in route, numerous 911 calls were received about several males armed with “laser guns”.  Upon their arrival, one male suspect discharged a weapon towards the officers and the officers returned fire.

Through the investigation, the male suspect was identified as 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones.  Jones was located by officers in the back yard of a residence on Loyal Lane shortly after the incident.  Once located, he was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Jones with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.  Jones was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set his bond at $500,000.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Warns Community about Suspicious Packages

With the recent explosive incidents in the Austin area related to suspicious packages, the Killeen Police Department wants the community to know that there is no known threat to Killeen; however, residents should always use caution and inspect all packages delivered at your home or workplace.  If you have placed an order, we recommend that you sign up for a notification service, such as an email or text when the package is delivered.

When residents receive an unexpected package, they should be vigilant and look for anything out of the ordinary, such as an unfamiliar return address, no evidence of a recognizable deliver method (US postage stamps, UPS markings, etc.) by checking the labels on the package.  If the package appears suspicious, it is best to not move the package and call the police department immediately.  The department takes these types of incidents very seriously and the safety of our community is the Killeen Police Department’s number one priority.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Shooting on Cavalry Drive

On Sunday, March 5, 2018, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cavalry Drive in reference a 911 call about an armed subject.  While officers’ were in route, numerous 911 calls were received about several males armed with “laser guns”.  Upon their arrival, one male suspect discharged a weapon towards the officers and the officers returned fire.

Through the investigation, the male suspect was identified as 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones.  Jones was located by officers in the back yard of a residence on Loyal Lane shortly after the incident.  Once located, he was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Jones with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.  Jones was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set his bond at $500,000.

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The two additional male suspects were taken into custody for unrelated charges and are not part of this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Man Charged with Murder

UPDATE

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 31 year-old Jason Ricardo Baez with Murder. On Friday, March 2, 2018, Baez was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown and she set his bond at $100,000.  Baez has been transported to the Bell County Jail. 

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 On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the intersection of Franz Drive and Culp Avenue in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a male lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were involved in a verbal dispute that led to the shooting.  Witnesses told officers that the suspect fled the area in a gray 2-door sedan at a high rate of speed.  Officers located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Rancier Avenue and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver refused and a pursuit ensued. The suspect driver led officers on a short chase, coming to a stop near the intersection of Rancier Avenue and Shims Blvd.  At approximately 12:20 p.m., officers apprehended the 31 year-old suspect without incident.

The 32 year-old male victim, Lamar Marcell Roberson of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 1:21 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Shooting on Franz Drive

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the intersection of Franz Drive and Culp Avenue in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a male lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived.  The victim was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were involved in a verbal dispute that led to the shooting.  Witnesses told officers that the suspect fled the area in a gray 2-door sedan at a high rate of speed.  Officers located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Rancier Avenue and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver refused and a pursuit ensued. The suspect driver led officers on a short chase, coming to a stop near the intersection of Rancier Avenue and Shims Blvd.  At approximately 12:20 p.m., officers apprehended the 31 year-old suspect without incident.

The 32 year-old male victim, Lamar Marcell Roberson of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 1:21 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates School Threats

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division – Special Victims Unit were notified about a social media post that suggested a threat of violence to the Audie Murphy Middle School, Roy J Smith Middle School as well as other local area schools in general. The post was sent out in the early morning hours on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and detectives have been working diligently on these threats day and night. With the cooperation of the social media providers, the detectives were able to locate the suspect in this case.  A search warrant was obtained and a 12 year-old juvenile was arrested for Terroristic Threat.

The Killeen Police Department takes these threats very seriously and acts promptly with respect to them to protect the students and staff of KISD schools and the citizens of our community.

We would like to thank the Killeen Independent School District, KISD Police Department, Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the citizens of our community for assisting with this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

Animal Control Manager Terminated

Killeen Police Department terminates employment for the Animal Control Manager, Edward Tucker.

Mr. Tucker was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a complaint of misconduct in the workplace.  While that investigation was ongoing, Mr. Tucker submitted a two-week notice, indicating his intent to retire.  The investigation supported the allegations of misconduct, and on Monday, February 26, 2018, Mr. Tucker’s employment was terminated.

“The internal investigation involving the Animal Control Manager has concluded, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our workplace,” said Chief Charles Kimble. “Mr. Tucker has violated the organization’s standards of conduct, and his employment was terminated.”

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Arrest Murder Suspect

On February 22, 2018 the Killeen Police Department received a “request to apprehend” from the Columbus, Ohio Police Department for ALLANTE J. TALLEY.  Talley had an active Murder warrant out of their agency, and intelligence indicated that he was in the Killeen, Texas area.

On February 23rd, at approximately 2:50 p.m., detectives with the Killeen Police Department’s Special Missions Unit, working with Agents  of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Waco, located Talley at a residence in the 1600 block of Fairview and successfully took the suspect into custody without incident.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police investigate a shooting investigation on Spring Rose Circle

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at approximately 6:16 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Spring Rose Circle in reference to a shots fired call.   Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a deceased black male lying at the residence.  The investigation revealed that during a burglary of the residence, shots were fired.  Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arrived and pronounced male deceased at 6:47 p.m.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Next of kin has been notified however the name of the 16 year-old suspect of the burglary, will not be released because he was a juvenile.

The Criminal Investigation Division, Homicide Unit, continue to investigate this shooting and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department