On Thursday May 16th at approximately 3:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 5300 block of Professional Drive at Tealwood Apartments in reference to a shots fired called.
Upon arrival officers located a 21 year old male that had been shot multiple times. The suspect had fled the scene prior to officers arrival and was described by witnesses as a black male in his early twenties, 5 foot 6 inches, long hair on top and short on the side, wearing a red shirt and dark color shorts and carrying a blue bag. The victim was transported to the hospital by AMR. WFPD Detectives arrived on scene and began their investigation.
At approximately 4:40 pm as WFPD Officers were continuing their investigation into the shooting they conducted a traffic stop on a red Nissan Altima in the 1900 block of Old Windthorst Road. Upon approaching the vehicle, which was occupied by three individuals, officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. The occupants were removed and identified. The backseat passenger was identified as 20 year old Khiry Taylor. A search of the vehicle revealed over an ounce of marijuana which Taylor advised was his. He was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to the Wichita County Jail.
After further investigation into the shooting WFPD Detectives were able to develop sufficient probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant on Taylor for aggravated robbery. The warrant was served on Taylor at the Wichita County jail.
UPDATE: CLASS IS FULL! WE WILL HOST ANOTHER ONE SOON!
The Wichita Falls Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training on Wednesday May 29th at 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center located at 710 Flood St. Class is limited to the first 50 registrants.
The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.
Along with the CRASE training the WFPD will also cover current Texas State laws pertaining to gun ownership.
The class is free and open to anyone. If you are interested in attending please click here:
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please join the Wichita Falls Police Department on Monday, May 13th at 10 am, for a remembrance ceremony in honor of all the law enforcement officers across the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Monday marks the beginning of National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
The ceremony is open to the public and will be held on the front lawn of the WFPD Headquarters, 610 Holliday. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided following the ceremony.
On May 1st at approximately 3:30 pm Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department served a Capital Murder warrant on 42 year old Byron Rickard for the murder of 91 year old Ruby Ditto. When the warrant was served Rickard was currently in custody at the Wichita County jail on an unrelated charge.
On April 28th at approximately 4:30 pm Officers with the WFPD responded to a possible robbery in the 200 block of North Beverly. Upon arrival they observed in the backyard of a residence a female, who was identified as Ditto, being treated by members of the Wichita Falls Fire Department and American Medical Response for a head injury. Ditto was transported to United Regional Health Care to be treated for the head injuries where she ultimately died from her injuries two days later.
Officers spoke with a witness who stated that early they had seen Ditto speaking with a subject in the backyard. A few minutes later the witness observed Ditto’s pickup truck leaving the scene. Shortly after that the witness went outside and observed Ditto on the ground at which time they called 911.
Ditto’s pickup truck was located later that day in the 2100 block of Garfield along with Rickard. At that time Rickard showed to have a warrant for his arrest for an aggravated assault that had taken place in December of 2018. Rickard was arrested at approximately 4:15 pm and transported to the Wichita County jail on that warrant.
The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 2nd Quarter FY 2019 (January – March 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 54
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 71
Speeding – 442
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9
Other Violations – 148
Arrests – 4
Vehicles Impounded – 10
Hours Worked – 311.5
Miles Driven – 2,442
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Wichita Falls Police Department wants to remind you that distracted driving can be deadly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 3,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017.
Texting while driving distracts a driver visually, manually, and cognitively. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.
Follow these steps for a safe driving experience:
-If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
-Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
-Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cellphone use can be habit-forming.
-Put your cellphone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat until you arrive at your destination.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has recently received reports in which scammers are targeting members of our community trying to convince them that they can read palms, heal family members, remove curses, etc. It is most likely that the scammers are just passing through our area but we wanted to inform our community in order to help you from becoming a victim of the scam.
Most of the victims have reported to have been approached while at some of the larger retail business here in town. The scammers try to convince the victims that they can help with them whatever issues they might be facing.
For more information on Psychic & Clairvoyant scams click the link below.
On Monday April 8th at approximately 8:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4800 block of Johnson Rd in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that 22 year old Ryan Downey forced entry into her apartment, assaulted her, stole a necklace, took her car keys and drove off with her 2013 black Chevrolet Impala.
WFPD Officers observed a 2013 black Chevrolet Impala driving in the area of McNiel and Call Field and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Downey, refused to pull over and began to speed away in an apparent attempt to evade police. Downey struck a curb in the 4300 block of Seymour Rd at which time he jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was caught by officers in the 4300 block of Seymour Hwy.
Downey was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading.
Click on the above image to view the WFPD’s 2018 Annual Report
Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 2.139 Compliance: 2018 OPC Report
As temperatures increase over the next several weeks, the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to take the follow precautions as you enjoy the spring season:
1. Always keep your home’s doors and windows locked when you go to bed or leave your house, even if you are leaving for a short period.
2. Secure all lawn and gardening equipment in your garage or a storage shed, and keep your garage doors closed at all times (even when you’re doing work around the house).
3. Put all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them.
4. Be aware of home improvements scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
5. Always remember to close your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.
6. Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this spring. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.