Four city police officers were shot early Friday when gunfire erupted as they were attempting to serve a warrant at an apartment in southwest Killeen.
Carroll Smith, spokeswoman for the Killeen Police Department, said KPD’s Tactical Response Team and the Bell County Organized Crime Unit went to an apartment in the 1100 block of Circle M Drive about 5:30 a.m. Friday to serve a search warrant. When the officers attempted to enter the apartment, a 49-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman inside opened fire, hitting four officers.
Smith said two of the officers were transported from the scene to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood and then transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple. One officer, an 18-year veteran of the department, was listed in critical condition late Friday afternoon, while the other, a nine-year veteran, was listed in good condition. The other two officers were protected by their safety gear. They were treated and released.
Both suspects were taken into custody. Late Friday, police identified the male shooter as Marvin Louis Guy. Smith said he was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder. Bond was set at $3 million. The woman’s name was not released. The police department also declined to reveal details of the search warrant the officers attempted to serve.
Circle M Drive, which runs between South Fort Hood Street and Old Farm-to-Market 440, is lined on each side with fourplex apartment buildings.
Danielle Joseph, a neighbor who lives in the building next to where the shooting occurred, said she was awakened early Friday by SWAT officers on her porch.
“I was sleeping and I just heard bullets and (police officers) started knocking on my door telling me they were standing on my back porch,” she said. “My heart just dropped. I heard shots — it sounded like a lot of shots just spraying.”
A woman who lives in the apartment across the street from the shooting, who identified herself as M. Simpson, said it’s not unusual to hear gunshots in the neighborhood, but she never heard anything like what she heard Friday.
“I woke up and heard gunshots and hollering,” she said. “It sounded like the cops hollering at the man in the house and then it was just gunshots and sirens. We hear shooting all the time at night, but never this bad.”
Simpson said she previously talked to the male suspect in passing.
“I haven’t had conversations with them, but I’ve talked to them just saying ‘hey,’” she said. “My husband had a birthday party and everybody came, and he was one of them. He seemed weird, but I didn’t think he was that stirred to do all that.”
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, stated in a news release Friday the installation offers condolences to the officers and their families.
“We at Fort Hood and III Corps are deeply saddened by the injuries to the police officers of the Killeen Police Department,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers, the families and loved ones affected by this incident. We wish the officers speedy recoveries and we stand ready to offer assistance to the city of Killeen.”
The Killeen Police Department lost an officer in the line of duty less than a year ago. Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, 32, was killed July 14 when the SWAT team responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex.