Deadly shooting in Killeen

Detectives are investigating after two men died in separate shooting incidents Wednesday night in Killeen, police said.

A 19-year-old man is dead following a shooting Wednesday on Old FM 440 Road and a 48-year-old man died after a shooting at a house Reese Creek Road, according to Killeen Police.

Officers also were dispatched at 8:54 p.m. Wednesday to the 2100 block of Reese Creek Road in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim and possible kidnapping.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a woman in the home and the suspect were involved in a disturbance, police said. Another man who resided there intervened and was shot by the suspect. The suspect then forced the woman into his vehicle and fled the area. She was later released in Round Rock.

The 48-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 9:33 p.m. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Police have not released the name of the man who died.

Through the investigation, a suspect was identified and apprehended and is currently in Killeen City Jail, police said. Charges are pending a review of the case by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

Old FM 440 shooting

Killeen Police Officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of Old FM 440 Road around 9:50 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived.

The victim was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The victim’s name has been withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.

Anyone who has information about the shooting on Old FM 440 is asked to call Crime Stoppers are 254-526-8477 or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.

2019 homicides

These two deaths make 14 criminal homicides in Killeen reported so far in 2019. There were eight total homicides in 2018. No charges were filed in one of those 2018 cases because police said it was the intruder who was killed.

The other 12 reported criminal homicides of 2019 are listed here:

36-year-old Simeon Onesimus Shaw was shot in the 1800 block of Mulford Street in early October. No arrests have been reported.

17-year-old Martez Anthony Bryant was shot near the 3300 block of Hereford Lane in October. No arrests have been reported.

18-year-old Zeontre Da’Shon Horton was shot and killed in the 600 block of West Hallmark Avenue in late August. The investigation is ongoing.

32-year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham, cause of death not released, in the 1600 block of East Central Texas Expressway in June. The investigation is ongoing.

17-year-old Jacques Lee Jackson, who was shot in the 5300 block of Fiesta Oak Drive in Killeen in August. No arrests have been reported.

28-year-old Luis Santiago, who was shot in the 1900 block of Fleetwood Drive in June, Shyheem Jubar Washington, Dexter Washington, Eric Madden and a 15-year-old male were each charged with murder on this case.

29-year-old Kevin Lebriant Thomas, who was shot in the 4700 block of Greenlee Drive in June. No arrests have been reported.

33-year-old Seth Ward, found in a pickup on Clear Creek in June. No arrests have been reported.

38-year-old Rudolph Kenyetta Hardison, who was shot in the 3100 block of Cantabrian Drive in March. No arrests have been reported.

17-year-old Obadiah Moishe Bush, who was shot in the 1300 block of Covey Lane in February. Darius Kirt York, 21 and Zamante Jamon Alvis, 17, were arrested for this case and each charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin died by strangulation and homicidal violence in January. Cedric Marks was charged and indicted for the Jan. 3 violent homicides of Scott, and Swearingin, who were friends. Marks was Scott’s ex-boyfriend. The deaths may have occurred at Marks’ Killeen home, according to Temple Police Department, which is investigating the case.

Officer-involved homicide

40-year-old James Scott Reed died during an officer-involved shooting at Reed’s home on 200 block of West Hallmark Avenue in February. Police said they were there to issue a no-knock search warrant and were met with gunfire. No officers have been charged with the homicide, however, one officer in that case has since resigned after KPD said he fired a rifle into an outside wall of the home and tried to cover it up.

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