Killeen shooting

Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient to an area hospital after police responded to a shooting early Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in the 4500 block of Allen Kent Drive in Killeen.

A 33-year-old man is dead after an early morning shooting in Killeen on Saturday, an official said.

Killeen police responded to a “shots fired” call in the 4500 block of Alan Kent Drive around 2 a.m. on Saturday, said Ofelia Miramontez, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman.

“Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound,” she said.

The man was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition but he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available,” Miramontez said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the homicide to call Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477). All information is confidential and could lead to a cash reward.

The Saturday homicide is the fourth criminal homicide of the year.

Lamar Marcell Roberson, 32, was shot and killed Feb. 28 in the 900 block of Culp Avenue.

Otto Owen-Palacios Hernandez, 35, was shot and killed April 23 in the 800 block of Root Avenue.

Heather Mae Walker, 29, killed June 9 in 2800 block of Phoenix Drive. Police have not released the manner of death in Walker’s case. 

One arrest been made in 2018 homicide cases.

Jason Ricardo Baez, 32, is in the Bell County Jail with $350,000 in bonds on two felony charges: a first-degree murder charge in the Roberson case and an evading arrest charge, a third-degree felony, according to jail records. Baez was arrested on March 2.

Criminal charges were not filed in two other deaths this year.

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at

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