Remembering Our Fallen

Special Officer Robert Franklin Fennell

End of Watch: March 20, 1938

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received two days earlier while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.

Special Officer Bob Fennell died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at the club. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.

Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.

Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department.

He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fennell.

Injury to a Child Arrest Made

Jacob Lopez, age 33, was arrested following the service of an evidentiary search warrant in the 1300 blk of N. 9th. The warrant was the result of an WFPD/CPS investigation into allegations that Lopez had used a BB gun on several children at that location.

Lopez was taken into custody and booked into the Wichita County Jail on charges of Injury to a Child.

Bond was set by a judge at $50,000. Great job by all agencies and officers involved!

Start Your Own #9PMROUTINE

Have you seen or heard about the 9PM Routine on social media? It’s become a popular — and simple — way for citizens to protect their home and property. Every night at 9:00PM, we encourage the community to lock up property, turn on lights and bring in valuables to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to property crimes. Please take a moment to set a daily reminder on your cell phone, or other digital device, for 9pm and begin your own #9PMRoutine.

FREE Active Shooter Training

ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?

The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations. CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Here is what past attendees are saying about the course:

“This is an amazing program that so many need to know.” – Michelle

“The class was very informative. It has made me be more aware of my surroundings while I’m out in public.” – Teresa

“We are all much more aware of our surroundings at work, at home, or anywhere we go and we know how to plan and how better to respond in any emergency.” – Sherry

“Very good content and we feel much better equipped.” – Jimmy

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/L8GMqQniyBMda5Tn9

Questions? Please contact our C.R.A.S.E. Instructor, Officer Jeff Hughes at jeff.hughes@wfpd.net

Capital Murder Suspect Arrested

The WFPD worked together with officers from the Euless Police Department in apprehending a capital murder suspect, Pedro Angel Rodriguez, in Wichita Falls on 02-25-21. Rodriguez was wanted for a capital murder that occurred in Tarrant County. The Gang Task Force along with other officers in the WFPD Special Operations Unit located Rodriguez leaving a residence on the 2500 block of 9th street at about 5:00 pm yesterday. Rodriguez fled from the officers in a vehicle until he crashed at the intersection of Seymour Road and Lebanon. The officers arrested Rodriguez after a foot pursuit. As a result of the arrest for the Capital Murder warrant, Rodriguez was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention, Possession of Marijuana under Two Ounces, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Great teamwork between the WFPD and the Euless Police Department! 

COUNTERFEIT CHECK OPERATION BUSTED – TWO ARRESTED

On 02-25-21, our Financial Crimes Unit, along with a DPS Special Agent, executed a search warrant in a room at the Motel 6 on Central Freeway. The search warrant yielded multiple counterfeiting items including IDs, computer equipment, date stamps, blank check forms, and a large check writing machine. Investigation has linked this operation to multiple victims.

Jermaine Green, age 39, and Robin Kolker, age 40, were arrested and charged with Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information (50 or more items) which is a 1st Degree Felony. Their bonds have been set at $100,000 each!

Excellent work!

Wichita Falls Crime Mapping

Do you want to know what is happening in your neighborhood? Would you like to be able to filter that activity by date, date range, and type of activity? If so, we have great news for you! You can and it’s absolutely FREE!

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