Press Releases

  • Press Release #091114(7) Officers Shoot Suspect in Aggravated Assault

    Thu, Sep 11, 2014 - 08:15 PM

    A 54 year old man, who was shot by police after committing an aggravated assault, remains hospitalized this evening in critical condition.

     

    At approximately 1:34 p.m. today, San Angelo Police Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Remax Office located in the 3500 block of Knickerbocker Rd.  As Officers arrived they spoke with a female victim who had been threatened with a firearm by a male suspect.  The suspect left the area prior to the Officer's arrival but continued to threaten the victim by phone prompting Officers to remain in the area to prevent a further assault on the victim.  

     

    At 3:41 p.m., the suspect vehicle (2002 Red Dodge Pickup) was seen by Officers circling the area of the Remax Office.  A Patrol Officer activated emergency lights and sirens after pulling behind the vehicle to initiate an investigative stop.  The driver of the suspect vehicle refused to stop and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued.   The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the 2500 block of Sweetbriar and exited the vehicle with a firearm in his hands.  Officers fired on the suspect, striking him at least one time.    The suspect has been identified as Gerald Cole (02/06/60). 

     

    Police requested San Angelo Fire Department Medics to the scene and administered first aid until an ambulance arrived.  Medics transported the suspect to Shannon Medical Center for treatment.  There were no other injuries reported at the scene.

     

    Chief Vasquez is asking that any witnesses who saw the shooting or have video of the incident to call the Police Department at 657-4315 to assist us with the investigation.

     

    The Texas Rangers are leading the investigating and will be releasing all future information.


  • Press Release #091014(06)-San Angelo Police Called to Assist with Bee Attack in North San Angelo

    Wed, Sep 10, 2014 - 04:02 PM

    Just before 10:30 a.m. today, San Angelo Police personnel were dispatched to the 3700 block of Bowie Street to assist the Fire Department on a medical call related to a bee attack near a business.

     

    Upon arrival, police observed a man in the parking lot of Blackie's Convenience Store, 3702 Bowie Street, being attacked by a swarm of bees.   San Angelo Fire Department personnel arrived and sprayed a solution of water and soap on the man in an attempt to subdue the swarm while others carried the man to safety.  The victim, a 60-year-old San Angelo resident, was transported to Shannon Medical center for treatment and is said to be in stable condition.  The man had been mowing grass at the location before the attack occurred.

     

    Police and fire department personnel attempted to locate the hive but were not successful.  Officer J. Russell, one of the first officers on scene, learned more bees were located inside a store restroom that was not open to the public.  Upon inspection, Officer Russell located hundreds of bees on the floor and inside the sink and toilet; however, most of the bees were dead.

     

    Three women who attempted to help the man during the attack were also stung.  Two of those women, ages 36 and 57, were reportedly treated at the scene by medics.  The third woman, age 38, went to a nearby hospital by private vehicle.  Several firefighters who were stung during the rescue attempt also received treatment at the scene.

     

    Crime Scene Investigations also responded to the scene to collect evidence and photograph the bees. 

     

    The City's Office of Code Enforcement has been notified about the location.  A bee specialist has been called in to determine the species and assess the issue.  The store's owner reportedly shut the business down for the remainder of the afternoon for safety reasons. 

     

    There is no other information at this time.

     

    ***SAPD***


  • Press Release #091014(05)-San Angelo Police Endorse Free App, Seek to Prevent Texting and Driving

    Wed, Sep 10, 2014 - 12:25 PM

    ClearTalk Wireless has launched a free app for Android devices, called Text Ya Later. The app, available for download from the Android store, aims to break the dangerous habit of texting and driving by enabling drivers to turn on the app and have it auto respond while they are driving. Text Ya Later overcomes the natural urge to want to look away from the road to read an incoming text message. The app is designed to especially appeal to teen drivers, and unlike any app of its kind, Text Ya Later allows the user to create a customized message to automatically reply to text messages, reflecting the user's personality as if he or she were actually responding.  The app will soon be available for iPhones.

     

    The app was debuted by ClearTalk Wireless in San Angelo in partnership with the San Angelo Police Department. The press conference shared ClearTalk's commitment to educating teens, and the community as a whole, on driver safety.

     

    ?Education is the first step to prevention,? said San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez. ?Any tool that prevents distracted driving and reinforces safety, we support.?

     

    ?We have a commitment not only to the customers we serve but to our community,? said ClearTalk Wireless Chief Operating Officer David L. Miller. ?Mobile devices play a huge role in distracted driving, especially among teens. We want to be a part of offering a solution.?

     

    According to the United States Department of Transportation, individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers.

    • A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.
    • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.

    Link to press conference: http://youtu.be/29Mxz83nOR4

     

    (The San Angelo Police Department does not endorse ClearTalk Wireless or any other cellular carrier)  

     

     

     

    Hit & Run Investigator Steven Quade using the Text Ya Later AppHit & Run Investigator Steven Quade using the Text Ya Later App

    Left to right: ClearTalk Representative Mario Munoz and Chief Tim VasquezLeft to right: ClearTalk Representative Mario Munoz and Chief Tim Vasquez

     

    Left to right: Hit & Run Investigator Steven Quade, Mario Munoz, Traffic Supervisor Sgt. Korby KennedyLeft to right: Hit & Run Investigator Steven Quade, Mario Munoz, Traffic Supervisor Sgt. Korby Kennedy