Press Releases

Police Chief Frank Carter’s Official Statement Concerning City Councilman’s Facebook Comments about Hispanic Officers
Feb 20, 2017   02:33 PM

Our community is diverse, just like the Officers who make up this Department.  Our Officers are professionals and I hold them to a high standard.   As a Department, we will continue to police this community in a professional manner, treating all citizens with respect regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or disability.  

The inflammatory statements recently made by Council Member Bill Richardson on Social Media accomplish nothing but to fracture the relationships that we have worked so hard to build.   At a time when police officer line-of-duty deaths are at an all-time high, it is vital that we continue to strive for unity and to build solid relationships with the public we serve.  

Although the Department has not received an official complaint from Mr. Richardson concerning the Officer’s conduct, the audio concerning the February 18, 2017 contact with Mr. Richardson and two of our Officers is currently under review.  We are working with City Legal regarding the release of the audio recording in an effort to ensure public transparency and police accountability.  

If someone feels that an Officer has acted inappropriately or violated the law, we urge them to file an official complaint with the San Angelo Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards at (325) 657-4463, (325) 657-4390, or email professionalstandards@sanangelopolice.org. 

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Update to Murder-Suicide on Spring Creek Drive
Feb 16, 2017   02:40 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has released additional information, including the identities of the presumed suspect and victim, of the murder-suicide that occurred at a residence in the 1900 block of Spring Creek Drive Tuesday night. 

As a result of preliminary findings, the victim has been identified as Wendi Dawn Sims, 39, and the suspect has been identified as Henry Robinson Chipman, 78 — both San Angelo residents.  

This preliminary finding is based on evidence collected at the scene as well as this morning’s preliminary observed autopsy findings from South Plains Forensic Pathology out of Lubbock, Texas.  

The approximate time of death, 6:00 p.m., was pronounced by Justice of the Peace Judge Fred Buck on February 14, 2017.      

This investigation is ongoing.  

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Police Investigate Apparent Murder, Suicide on Spring Creek Drive
Feb 15, 2017   11:27 AM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred at a residence in the 1900 block of Spring Creek Drive Tuesday night, February 14, 2017. 

The victims, a 78-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, were located inside the residence deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  

Police were dispatched at approximately 10:48 p.m. after San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a 9-1-1 call from a witness who discovered the bodies after going to the residence to visit one of the victims. 

Justice of the Peace Judge Fred Buck responded and formally pronounced the pair deceased and requested autopsies. 

At this time, Detectives are investigating the shooting as an apparent murder-suicide based on evidence located at the scene.  

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release.  

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San Angelo Police Department Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
Feb 14, 2017   12:21 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is excited to announce a partnership with Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.  Nextdoor-SAPD will launch tomorrow, February 15. 

Led by Chief Frank Carter, this integration with Nextdoor will enable the San Angelo Police Department to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of San Angelo residents.  The San Angelo Police Department and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.  “San Angelo is an innovative and resourceful city, and joining Nextdoor is another way to further our efforts in making San Angelo an even better place to live,” said Chief Carter.  “With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.” 

Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for San Angelo residents.  More than 25 neighborhoods, representing 58% of the City of San Angelo, have started Nextdoor websites. 

With Nextdoor, San Angelo residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.  The Police Department will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.  

“This partnership with Nextdoor gives neighbors an easy way to not only get to know each other, but develop stronger relationships with their local police department,” said Chief Carter. “We encourage San Angelo resident to join us on Nextdoor so together we can build stronger and safer neighborhoods.” 

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Police Department.  Each San Angelo neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.  Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Police Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.  All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor.  Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines. 

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com and enter their address.  If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

With the implementation of Nextdoor, the Department will be phasing out its Facebook Blue Watch Program, which served to facilitate direct communication with citizens and their respective Sector Liaison Officers.  The SLO Unit was dissolved in 2016 and Blue Watch is no longer sustainable.  Blue Watch members will be notified of the change through a series of messages over the next several weeks. 

For more information about the implementation or interview opportunities, contact Sergeant Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709.

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Police Arrest Felon for Meth, Firearm during Traffic Stop
Feb 10, 2017   02:50 PM

At approximately 1:20 this morning, San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop of a black 2014 Dodge Challenger for expired registration in the 100 block of W. Avenue G. 

Police identified the driver as Noe Galindo Guerra, Jr., 26, and the passenger as Miguel A. Fernandez, 28, of San Angelo.  

Through a records check, Guerra was confirmed to be driving without a valid driver’s license or insurance and he was placed under arrest.  

Police observed a firearm on the floorboard where Fernandez had been seated and during a thorough search of the vehicle, Officers discovered a plastic bag that contained suspected narcotics underneath Fernandez’s seat.  The bag’s contents field-tested positive for the presence of approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine.  

The Department’s Criminal Investigations and Street Crimes Divisions were consulted during the investigation.  At the conclusion, Guerra was charged with DWLI and Expired Registration.  Fernandez was charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and Felony 2 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

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