Gun manufacture FNH USA announced in a press release that the Killeen Police Department officially confirmed it's purchase of 231 of the company's FN-15 carbines.
The Killeen City Council approved the purchase May 13, at a total cost of The total cost of $202,125, to be split between a state seizure account, a seized weapons credit and money from a Justice Department grant received in 2013.
“We are pleased that the Killeen Police Department has chosen the FN 15™ Carbine to help them protect against threats their officers encounter from criminals,” said Mark Cherpes, FNH President and CEO. “The FN 15™ Carbine offers the standard benefits expected from an M4-style rifle plus the unparalleled durability and reliability law enforcement officers demand in the line of duty.”
The purchase comes in the wake of a deadly year for Bell County law enforcement. Since 2013, three local peace officers- including two KPD SWAT team members- have been killed in shootouts with armed suspects.
The purchase would make the rifles available to every Killeen officer. KPD Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said previously that the weapons would allow officers to better respond to situations where criminals wield high-powered weapons with high-capacity magazines.
No date has been given on when KPD expects to receive the carbines.