Cedar Drive shooting

The 1000 block of Cedar Drive is seen Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Killeen. One man was killed after an argument led to a shooting the day before.

An argument Sunday afternoon led to the shooting death of 27-year-old Killeen resident Curtis Shelley, police said Monday.

Officers responded to a shooting call at 2:10 p.m. Sunday in 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.

No one had been arrested in connection to the case as of late Monday, and the case will be sent to the Bell County district attorney’s office for review, Miramontez said.

Police said the man who was questioned — whose name was not released by police because he has not been charged with a crime — and Shelley have had “an ongoing dispute.” The two were involved in an argument when the man who police questioned fired a gun at Shelley, according to a news release.

Brett Jones, Shelley’s cousin, and his wife, Stephanie, learned of the shooting not long after it happened, and made the trip from Thorndale to be with Shelley at the hospital.

They described him as a jack-of-all-trades, who was shot after walking home from helping his neighbor put together a swingset. He played the guitar and worked as a carpenter and in construction before his role as a cook at Sonic Drive-In. He lived with and took care of a relative who suffers from dementia, Stephanie Jones said.

“He just had a real big heart, just a humongous heart,” Brett Jones said.

Stephanie Jones said the family started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the funeral. Arrangements are pending with Crawford-Bowers.

Shelley’s mother died when he was 6 years old, and his surviving family members don’t have the means to spend on a funeral, family members said.

“He died in a disrespectful way, and we don’t want him remembered that way,” Stephanie Jones said.

To donate to Shelly’s GoFundMe page, go to http://bit.ly/2moc9Di.

Shelley’s death is the 17th homicide in Killeen this year. It is not yet known whether it will be considered a criminal homicide. There were 16 homicides in Killeen in 2016.

Other Killeen homicide cases this year are:

  • Eric Dieter Hill, 34, was shot dead Jan. 11 and found in the driveway of a home on Taree Loop. No arrests were made in that case.
  • Less than a week later, on Jan. 16., Harry “Butch” Polite was shot and killed on Brownsville Drive at 6:18 p.m. There have been no arrests made in the case.
  • Quinton Rashard Hill, 23, was shot and killed at 12:04 a.m. Feb. 21 in the 600 block of West Hallmark Avenue, outside the Bridgewater Apartments. There have been no arrests made in the case.
  • William Petty, a security guard working at a Subway restaurant on Farm-to-Market 440, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at 3:40 a.m. Feb. 26. One arrest was made but the woman was released after 48 hours without being charged.
  • On Feb. 24, Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced 3-month-old James Kadetz dead at 3:35 p.m. at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple. Zachary Kadetz, a Fort Hood soldier, was charged with intentionally injuring his son. Kadetz was in the Bell County Jail on $1 million bond. He is now out of jail.
  • Daniel Scott Daulton, 23, was stabbed and killed during an argument with his father, Danny Lee Daulton, at their mobile home on East Rancier Avenue. Danny Lee Daulton was indicted on a murder charge by a Bell County grand jury April 26. He currently is in Bell County Jail.
  • Rocky Wayne Marsh, a 38-year-old who was once a cook at Outback Steakhouse, was beaten to death and robbed in the 1200 block of Bundrant Drive on March 7. James Pinkard, 21; Shamar Lamar Lewis, 17; and Erica Brownlee, 18; were arrested in connection with the death.
  • On April 17, Justin Lewis was found in an empty lot on West Avenue C with a gunshot wound. Lewis, a Fort Hood soldier, was pronounced dead at 12:34 a.m.
  • Travis James Granger, 29, was shot and killed May 9 behind the 7-Eleven in the 1200 block of South Fort Hood Street. Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke later arraigned Keith Louis Marinnie Jr., 27, on a murder charge in connection with the shooting and assigned a $1 million bond.
  • John Seth Jr., 80, was shot and killed May 30. His neighbor, Santiago Vasquez, was arrested and charged with murder.
  • Daniel Magee, 29, was shot and killed the morning of July 15 in the 2300 block of Wales Circle. There have been no arrests made in the case.
  • Raven Seymen Fisher, 23, was shot and killed after an altercation in which police said she pulled a gun on a man July 25. This is not being investigated as a murder.
  • Brandi Jo Cadena, 28, was found dead with a gunshot wound in her home Aug. 19.
  • Glenroy Joseph Smith, 34, was shot and killed in an early morning drive-by shooting in the 5300 block of Allegany Drive in west Killeen on Aug. 25.
  • Pierre Andre Keupp, of Killeen, 27, was shot and killed about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 19 in the 2800 block of Montague County Drive.
  • Stephen M. Rowe, 39, of California, was found by a mail carrier in the road with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Reese Creek Road on Sept. 28.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

(4) comments

KilleenLocal

How exactly do you shoot someone in the chest with a shotgun and get released from custody after being questioned? WTF?

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@SnowWhitenThe7Thieves: You have some valid points about Words having meaning and the clouds, rain, in and upon the left ear. I'm just saying.

The number of killings, the number of killings in which there has been no suspects, and the number of suspects that have been arrested , but released from jail are astounding. From what I read, there is only one suspect in jail at this time,

A Danny Lee Daulton, following an argument in which he stabbed his Son and is currently in Bell County Jail. He was indicted on April 26, 2017. When is his trial date???? He's been in jail working on the 7th month since being indited on a murder charge

It's not looking so good for the chief of police that in reality not the chief of police as he does not have the power nor ability to arrest anyone for anything. And I place the blame on our city manager for not choosing someone who is already a current, dully qualified, individual.

And just a point, he the past chief of police that currently resides in the assistant city manager's position, is he functioning in the position of responsibility for the now chief of police. Perhaps that could/can be a problem right there. It is my personal opinion that an 'ex' anything/anybody should not be in the position of being in responsible charge of the position that he just left, for any reason.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

We take the necessary steps to keep everybody safe, one of the first things I did when I got here was evaluate the SWAT team ... Make sure they’re doing everything to standards,” Pretend Police Chief of KILLeen's REAL POLICE Charles Kimble said.
I guess those words didn't keep someone from killing the 27 year old man, did they? I only say this, because the pretend police chief of the REAL POLICE of KILLeen claims to have TAKEN THE NECESSARY steps to keep everybody safe. Was the 27 year old male not included in EVERYBODY? A REAL, certified TEXAS CHIEF of REAL POLICE would be more careful about the words used. Words have meaning....just saying.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Crime, especially armed robberies and murders are rising. If you want to live, stay off the street and in your home as much as you can. I'm not the real KILLeen Police, but I know enough to get out of the rain to avoid getting soaked.

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