Press Releases

Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In Seat Belt Survey Results — January
Feb 21, 2017   02:16 PM

As a part of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, approximately 668 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of January.

Results indicate that the overall seat belt use rate is 96.1%.  This is 5.4% higher than the state average of 90.7%, 9.1% higher than the national average of 87%, and 3% higher than San Angelo’s October baseline of 93.1%. 

January surveys took place in five locations in the area.  In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following:

Women – 96.9%

Men – 95.4%

Highest Age Group for Belt Use: 60 +

Lowest Age Group for Belt Use: <24

Highest Vehicle for Belt Use: SUV

Lowest Vehicle for Belt Use: Passenger Car 

The next round of Surveys will be released in March, 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 tracy.gonzalez@sanangelopolice.org.

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Police Get Good Haul after Locating Felon, Body Armor at Local Storage Facility
Feb 21, 2017   10:20 AM

Just after 2:30 a.m., Police were dispatched to Colonial Storage, 3120 Knickerbocker Road, for the report of a suspicious occupied vehicle.  

Officers arrived and located a man working on the vehicle in question, a white 2000 GMC truck.  The man was identified as James A. Hall, 53, of San Angelo.  

While awaiting the results of a routine records check, Officers observed body armor inside the truck.  Hall showed to have an outstanding warrant out of Taylor County and prior Felony convictions.  

Hall was arrested for his outstanding warrant and Unlawful Possession of Body Armor by Felon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  

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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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