Just before 11:00 a.m. this morning, David Wagner with KLST/KSAN contacted the San Angelo Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Tracy Gonzalez, to report they had received a phone call from a man who claimed he was about to have a stand-off with police near 21st and Bradford and that the man further advised [them] to get their cameras ready. Officer Gonzalez worked with Wagner and another Station employee to obtain the caller’s phone number in an effort to begin gathering intelligence about the man.
Officer Gonzalez immediately notified Patrol Shift Supervisors, who began coordinating with Public Safety Communications about the reported threat and response. Additionally, Police Officials made contact with SAISD Officials to advise them of the events unfolding near Bradford Elementary and the school was locked down for precautionary measures.
During this coordination, Public Safety Communications received a phone call from a man at a residence in the 1200 block of E. 21st Street who said he had guns and he was going to kill cops. He further advised the dispatcher to evacuate the neighbors. The call came in at approximately 11:05 a.m.
As Police units responded, Public Safety Communications received several independent calls about a house fire at the residence of the alleged gunman. When Officers arrived at the scene they observed the man in front of the residence armed with a long gun. Officers immediately advised responding Fire Department personnel to stand back while additional units worked to establish a perimeter and evacuate the surroundings residences. The Department also issued a Nixle Alert advising residents to stay away from the area due to Police activity.
Officers attempted to make verbal contact with the armed man, and at some point during the encounter, the man raised his firearm in the direction of the Officers. In response to this immediate threat, San Angelo Police fired shots and struck the suspect. The suspect was immediately secured and transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance for treatment where he is reportedly in critical condition. His name is not being released at this time.
After securing the scene, Fire Department personnel addressed the house fire. No other persons were reported injured during the preliminary field investigation.
Texas Rangers are conducting the official investigation into this Officer involved shooting, which is standard protocol. Additional information will only be disseminated though their agency’s Officials.
As a part of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, approximately 683 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of December.
Results indicate that the overall seat belt use rate is 93.6%. This is 2.9% higher than the state average of 90.7%, 6.6% higher than the national average of 87%, and .5% higher than San Angelo’s October baseline of 93.1%.
December surveys took place in five locations in the area. In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following:
Women – 95.2%
Men – 91.8%
Highest Age Group for Belt Use: 60 +
Lowest Age Group for Belt Use: <24
Highest Vehicle for Belt Use: Van
Lowest Vehicle for Belt Use: Passenger Car
The next round of Surveys will be released in February, 2017. Take the seat belt challenge, buckle up, every trip, every time and encourage your family and friends to do the same. You might just safe a life.
Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is made up of the San Angelo Police Department and a network of community partners, including SAISD and Live Design and Print Shop.
This public safety initiative was created to increase belt use, save lives, and reduce injuries in San Angelo. For more information about Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In or to become a partner, please visit contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At approximately 9:15 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the intersection of North Bishop and Caddo Street for the report of a man asleep behind the wheel.
Officers arrived and located an SUV without license plates stopped at the stop sign at N. Bishop and Caddo. The vehicle was still in drive. Officers woke the man and identified him as 26-year-old Virgil John Chapman, Jr., of San Angelo.
Through a routine records check, Chapman showed to have several outstanding Arrest Warrants and he was placed under arrest. During a search of his person incident to arrest, Officers located suspected narcotics that field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine.
A records check on the 2008 Silver Ford Explorer showed it was reported stolen from the 500 block of Van Zandt on Monday, January 9. During a search of the vehicle, Officers located property that was linked to an unrelated vehicle burglary. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Unit also responded to assist with the field investigation.
Chapman was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning. Following his interview, Chapman was transported to the Tom Green County jail where he was booked on Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and his outstanding warrants.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation. Detective Jason Chegwidden is the lead Investigator on this case.
(TGCSO Booking photo from 09/23/2016)
On January 3, 2017, the San Angelo Police Department received a report of a sexual assault involving a 5-year-old female.
Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division’s Child Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation, which established probable cause to name 61-year-old Antonio SanJuan as the suspect. Investigators subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Judge Fred Buck.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police located and arrested SanJuan at his place of employment in the 2100 block of E. 37th Street.
SanJuan was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning. Following his interview, SanJuan was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $100,000.00 Surety Bond.
Detective J. Cannady is the lead investigator on this case.
San Angelo Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred at the San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum, 50 E. 43rd Street.
Police were dispatched to the Coliseum just before 8:00 a.m. for the report of a burglary discovered by COSA Civic Events staff.
Officers arrived and cleared the venue for safety precautions. No suspects were located.
After a preliminary check of the venue by staff members and Police, it was discovered that the suspect(s) gained entry to the venue by forcing their way through an exterior door. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole various tools that were located inside a secured office. The incident most likely occurred sometime after 6:30 p.m. last night.
Staff members advised it may take several days to complete a thorough inventory of the venue and surrounding buildings.
Crime Scene Investigations also responded to process the scene for evidence.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.
If you have any information about the incident or suspect(s), please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 481-2718. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.