In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.
In 2014, the Nation lost one hundred twenty-seven peace officers in line of duty deaths, eleven of those officers were from Texas.
Each year, the San Angelo Police Department hosts public and private events in honor of the peace officers who died in the line of duty, as well as to thank those who currently serve and protect our citizens. This year's events are slated for May 11 through the 15th.
The following events are open to the public:
- Flag Raising Ceremony: Monday, May 11, 10:00 a.m., Police Department Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard
- 10th Annual Remember the Fallen Golf Tournament: Monday, May 11, Bentwood Country Club, 2111 Club House Ln., 11:30 a.m. registration, 1:00 p.m. Shotgun start. Proceeds benefit the Texas Police Chiefs Association's Death Benefit Fund
- Law Enforcement Memorial Run & Dinner: Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m., Police Department Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard. (Registration table opens at 4:00 p.m.) Donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the Jaime Padron Memorial Scholarship
- Ecumenical Service: Friday, May 15, 11:00 a.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 3 S. Randolph St. This service will honor Texas? fallen peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014
For more information about the events or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez (325) 481-2718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 24, 2015 at approximately 6:29 pm, Police were dispatched to the Candlelight Apartments, located at 15 E 31st, in reference to an intoxicated subject.
Upon arrival, Police learned a male subject, Otis Woodfin DOB 12-26-85, had walked into one of the apartments on the property and that he was not wanted on the premises. Officer C. Barker and Officer T. Burks located Woodfin and found him to be intoxicated.
The Officers began to take Woodfin into custody. Woodfin ignored several verbal commands and began to physically resist the Officers. Woodfin was taken to the ground in order to attempt to get control of him. While on the ground, Woodfin kicked Officer T Burks in the pelvic area causing pain and minor injury.
The Officers were able to gain control of Woodfin and take him into custody. Woodfin was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Public Intoxication, Interference with Public Duties, and Assault on a Public Servant.
An eighty-two year old San Angelo Man remains hospitalized this afternoon after a vicious dog attack in north San Angelo.
The victim, a volunteer for Meals for the Elderly, was delivering meals to a home in the 100 block of W. 32nd Street just before 11:00 a.m. when he was reportedly attacked by a client's three dogs.
The victim reportedly sustained multiple bite wounds to his limbs, torso, head, and face before the dogs? owner could gain control and secure the dogs in a nearby yard. San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and provided first aid to the man before transporting him to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. He is reportedly in stable condition.
Animal Services Officers who responded to the scene utilized tranquilizer darts in an attempt to sedate the dogs before taking them into custody. Shortly after being tranquilized, one of the dogs charged a San Angelo Police Officer who was assisting Animal Services. The Officer shot the dog with his Taser, preventing further attack or escape through an open fence.
The dogs? owner surrendered custody to Animal Services and they were removed from the property. The dogs will be quarantined at the Animal Shelter for ten days.
On April 6, 2015 at approximately 5:40 pm, Police responded to the 6600 block of Knickerbocker near the KOA camp ground for a report of indecent exposure. A 16 year old male reported while walking in the area, he was approached by a Hispanic male subject in a car. The male subject asked the victim if he wanted a ride. The victim did not respond and continued to walk. The male subject pulled up next to the victim a second time and exposed his genitals to the victim and then drove away.
On April 20, 2015 at approximately 7:42 pm, Police took a report for indecent exposure that occurred in the 1100 block of Shiloh. A 15 year old male reported he had been walking home from school on Shiloh when he noticed a male subject following him in a vehicle. The victim reported the male subject drove up next to him and showed him his genitals before driving away.
In both incidents, neither of the victims recognized the male subject, and they gave the same description of the vehicle and the male subject. The vehicle is described as a medium sized 2008 to 2010 four door passenger car that is grayish blue in color. The male subject was described as being a medium sized Hispanic male 25-30 years of age.
Anyone with information in reference to either of these incidents, or anyone who is approached for a ride or if you witness this type of suspicious behavior, especially near the KOA or along the river near Central High School, please contact the San Angelo Police Department immediately. SAPD can be contacted at 325-657-4315. Tips can also be given online or at 1-855-TIPS-247.
On Monday April 20, 2015 at approximately 11:22 pm, Police were dispatched to the area of E 17th Street and N Poe Street for a suspicious subject.
Officers located a male subject, Fermin Rayos DOB 2-17-77, matching the description given from the complainant walking south on N Pope Street from E 17th Street. When Officers attempted to make contact with Rayos, it was noticed that he had a knife in his hands. Rayos then advanced toward the Officers while swinging the knife and yelling at the Officers to kill him. The Officers backed their patrol units up in order to put a safe distance between themselves and Rayos. With Rayos? agitated state and him already swinging the knife around, it would have been unsafe for Officers to exit their patrol units at this time.
A perimeter was established and Officers continued to follow Rayos in their patrol units and attempted to make contact with him. Attempts to talk with Rayos were unsuccessful. Rayos continued to walk away from the Officers after being told several times to stop.
As it was not safe for Officers to get out of their patrol units to approach Rayos and Rayos walking in a residential area, a taser was deployed on Rayos from a patrol unit. The taser was effective and incapacitated Rayos. Officers were able to safely approach Rayos and take him into custody.
Rayos was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, Evading Arrest or Detention on Foot, and a Parole Violation Warrant.