Police officers work the scene of a shooting in the 1300 block of Fox Creek Drive Wednesday, January 3, 2018. A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after the shooting. According to the Killeen Police Department, he was brought to a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.

In September, the Killeen City Council approved a fiscal year 2018 budget that cut 20 sworn officer vacancies from the Killeen Police Department — leaving only 14 vacancies of that type on the books.

At the time, council members and residents were concerned that slicing away vacancies could hinder the department’s ability to hire and retain new officers to patrol the streets. Moreover, council members in this year’s budget discussions worried that more vacancy cuts could leave the department with little to no wiggle room for hiring. | 254-501-7567

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