A Change.org petition concerning the Nov. 12 daylight killing of Killeen resident Curtis Shelley now has more than 1,000 signatures.
Organizers are expected to turn the petition over to the Killeen Police Department in the near future.
It reads: “Curtis Shelley was shot and killed by the son of a Killeen police officer. A verbal altercation turned in to the senseless loss of life. There has been no arrest and no charges filed. Curtis lost his life and the suspect was not arrested. Curtis was on foot, the suspect was in a truck. The suspect got out of his truck, pulled a gun and shot Curtis in the chest. Then said, “You better hope God can save him!” (The alleged shooter) should not go free because his mother is a police officer. Do you agree?” Police have said the alleged shooter has a relative at the department.
Police said Friday there were no new developments in the case.
An argument led to the shooting death of 27-year-old Shelley, police said after the shooting.
Officers responded to a shooting call at 2:10 p.m. to the 1000 block of Cedar Drive, according to Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.
Officers found Shelley with a gunshot wound. Shelley was taken to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in critical condition and later died, police said.
One person was detained and questioned following the incident, Miramontez said, but has since been released.
The family had hoped to receive money for funeral expenses for the Texas Attorney General’s Crime Victims Compensation Program. Their request was denied by the organization after a representative from Crime Victims Compensation talked with the police detective in the case, according to family members.
A video taken of the incident by a neighbor has circulated on the internet but was not seen by the Crime Victims Compensation Program representative prior to their denial, according to members of Shelley’s family.
The family said they may appeal the decision.
The Texas Rangers are also part of the investigation.
Killeen police said they asked the Rangers to take part because the person who allegedly shot Shelley is related to a Killeen Police Department employee. The alleged shooter was released from custody without charges. Police have not said why they released the person or if the shooting was in self defense.
The video of the shooting appears to show the Shelley unarmed and acting aggressively toward the individual holding the weapon, who is dressed in a lime-green vest and frequently backing away from the victim before the shooting.
KPD Cmdr. Erich Morsbach said last month the department was aware of the video but did not verify its authenticity. Morsbach said the department was not investigating the incident as a murder and did not address rumors the weapon used was a sawed-off shotgun.