Brown Street Murder Arrests

WFPD officers responded to 2100 Brown Street on 05-21-2022 at about 12:30 pm to investigate a deceased person in the residence. The officers discovered the victim, 23-yeard-old Zachary Wood of Wichita Falls, appeared to have been murdered.

The WFPD Crimes Against Persons detectives responded and took over the investigation.

On 05-23-2022, the detectives interviewed 27-year-old Payton Collier of Wichita Falls. Collier confessed to her involvement in the murder and named two other male suspects.

The detectives and officers in the WFPD Special Operations Unit began to search for 18-year-old Ronnie Lang of Wichita Falls and 28-year-old William Bell of Wichita Falls.

Ronnie Lang and William Bell were found and interviewed late in the evening of 05-23-2022. Both confessed to their involvement in the assault and homicide of Zachary Wood.

Ronnie Lang was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Murder.

Payton Collier and William Bell were arrested and charged with Murder.

The WFPD Crimes Against Persons detectives arrested 21-year-old Ashley Esselborn of Wichita Falls as the fourth suspect in the murder of Zachary Wood.

We are extremely proud of the teamwork that was demonstrated between the different units of the WFPD during this investigation.

Thank you, Wichita Falls, for your support of our efforts!

The Tactical Games

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Please join us in congratulating Sgt. Brett Keith and Officer Danny Saravane on their accomplishments at last weekend’s Tactical Games held in Waxahachie.

The Tactical Games were created to provide a platform to test the skills and readiness of tactical athletes from all backgrounds. The Tactical Games provide a venue for all shooters and athletes to compete against the best in the world to find weaknesses and test gear in the most stressful environment a competition can offer.

Officer Saravane competed in the Masters 40 Division and came in 2nd place overall. Sgt. Keith competed in the Elite Division and placed 7th.

We are so proud of their personal achievements as well as the fitness example they set within our department and community!!!

Way to go guys!!!!!

Coffee With a Cop

Come and join us for Coffee with a Cop this Wednesday, May 18, 7:30am – 9:00am, at McDonalds on SW Pkwy @ Greenbriar.

We will have a few giveaways while supplies last and plenty of badge stickers for the kiddos!

Can’t wait to see you!!!

Meet Our New Crime Stoppers Coordinator

We are proud to introduce Officer Brian Arias as our new Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Coordinator!

Officer Arias, a Wichita Falls are native, graduated from Rider High School and Midwestern State University.

He joined our department 8.5 years ago as a member of the 66th WFPD Training Academy and has never looked back.

He holds a Master Peace Officer license through TCOLE and has served as a patrol officer, misdemeanor investigator, and an intoxilyzer operator.

Officer Arias is excited about his new position and looks forward to more positive interactions with the community.

Help us congratulate him on his new adventure!!!

Civilian Active Shooter Response Training

Over the weekend, Officer Jeff Hughes facilitated two Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) classes for Sharplines.

If you would like to hold this FREE training at your business, church, or group, please reach out to us here:

https://forms.gle/e3kC2DzhnFgH2i9H6

We will also be hosting a FREE public class on May 24, 6-8pm. You can RSVP for that class here:

https://forms.gle/skpBFTcyznpxpfpi8

Schedule your class today! Don’t miss out on this valuable training!

If you have any questions, you can reach Officer Hughes at 940-720-5019 or jeff.hughes@wfpd.net

WFPD Family Friday

** WFPD Family Friday **

Meet 75th Training Academy Recruit Donald “DJ” Everett!!!

Recruit Everett is from Wichita Falls. He enjoys working out and spending time with his family, and being a dad.

When asked why he wanted to become a Wichita Falls Police Officer he said, “I want to make my family proud while making a difference in our community.”

Recruit Everett, welcome to the WFPD Family!!! Good luck in your training! We are proud of you!