At 11:00 a.m. today, San Angelo Police Officers will be honoring the funeral of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth and Abilene Police Officer Don Allen by activating in-service Patrol Vehicle's emergency lights and with a moment of silent prayer.
In the wake of Deputy Goforth's brutal assassination on August 28, Texas Governor Greg Abbott spearheaded the call to action stating, ?It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong.?
Additionally, Abbott called for all Law Enforcement Officers to turn on their red and blue flashing lights at 11:00 a.m. and encouraged civilian drivers to turn on their emergency hazard lights in a show of support.
Deputy Sheriff Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West and Telge Roads, in Cypress. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, Shannon Miles walked up behind him and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, Miles shot him several more times before fleeing the scene. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Miles unloaded 15 rounds into Deputy Goforth.
Miles was apprehended the next day following a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area. He was charged with capital murder.
This event coincides with the funeral for Abilene Police Officer Don Allen, who was murdered inside his home Monday evening. Earlier this morning, Members of the San Angelo Police Department's Command Staff and Honor Guard traveled to Abilene to support their colleagues at APD and honor Officer Allen.
On Monday August 31, 2015 at 4:07 am, San Angelo Police responded to an assault call in the 500 block of N Sellers St. Upon arrival, Officers discovered that a 69 year old Hispanic male had been shot. The responding Officers administered first aid until Fire Department personnel arrived on scene. The victim was transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. The victim has been admitted into the hospital but his current condition is not known.
The investigation led to Fernando Lavaris Jr, DOB 6-19-1986, being identified as a suspect in the offense. Lavaris was located by members of the Special Operations Section and Patrol. A traffic stop was conducted at approximately 3:45 pm in the 400 block of S Oakes and he was taken into custody without incident.
Lavaris was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was charged with Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit a Felony. Lavaris also had an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant. Other charges against Lavaris are pending further investigation.
Detective James Hernandez and Detective Jason Chegwidden are investigating this case. There is no other information available for release at this time.
The San Angelo Police Department is investigating the death of a 52-year-old San Angelo Man who fell into the North Concho River near Celebration Bridge this morning.
Police were called around 2:30 a.m. to the 300 block of S. Oakes Street to assist the Fire Department with a possible drowning victim. Upon arrival, Officers and Fire Department Personnel were directed to a location in the water where witnesses said the victim was last seen.
Several first responders entered and searched the water for approximately 15 minutes before locating the victim at the bottom of the riverbed. He was identified as Barney Eugene Keele (DOB 03-28-63).
Paramedics administered CPR during his transport to Shannon Medical Center where an attending Physician later pronounced Keele dead. Medical personnel advised police Keele may have suffered a medical complication prior to falling into the water but the official cause of death has not been determined.
Witnesses at the scene told investigators Keele was having difficulty walking and keeping his balance prior to falling into the water.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
The San Angelo man who died at the City Landfill has been identified as 67 year old Charles Price Braden. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire has ruled the cause of Braden's death as medical in nature.
At 4:06 pm, San Angelo Police and San Angelo Fire Department were sent to the City Landfill for a motor vehicle crash that occurred inside the landfill. The vehicles inv3olved were a gray 2000 Chevrolet pickup and a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Braden was found deceased inside the truck when Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene. The pickup had to be cut by Fire Department personnel in order to remove Braden from the vehicle. An 11 year male had also been in the pickup and was transported to Shannon Medical Center for non-incapacitating injuries.
Officer Brian Bylsma arrived at the scene to investigate the crash. Justice of the Peace J.P. Mcguire also responded to the scene to conduct his death investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the cause of death was determined to be medical in nature. Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, it appeared that Braden had a medical emergency while driving away from the trash dumping area in the landfill. When this occurred, Braden's vehicle swerved and crashed into a Republic Service truck that was on its way to the dumping area.
No autopsy has been ordered due the cause of death not being criminal in nature.
San Angelo Police are searching for two women who defaced a downtown business Monday evening.
Surveillance video recorded the incident that occurred around 8:00 p.m. on August 10 in an area referred to as Paintbrush Alley in downtown San Angelo.
Suspect Vehicle: Silver or gray colored Toyota 4-door passenger car.
Passenger: female, dark hair, walks with a slight limp, jean cutoff pants/capris, and a patterned shirt.
Driver: female, dark hair, orange shirt, and black shorts.
The women defaced a cactus mural and wrote, ?Be free beautiful soul? and ?I love you mom? with black spray paint.
If you can identify the women in the video, please call the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 481-2718. To remain anonymous, submit Tips online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or call the SAPD's 24 Hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.
Surveillance video at https://youtu.be/VSsriT0wJ68