WFPD OFFICER SAVES TEEN WITH NARCAN FOLLOWING FENTANYL OVERDOSE

On 11-07-22, at approx 6:26pm, WFPD Patrol officers responded to the 4500 blk of Kell West in reference to a check welfare on a suspected overdose victim.

The officers arrived on scene and found an unresponsive 16-year-old male lying next to a vehicle in the parking lot.

The officers determined that the victim had overdosed on Fentanyl.

Officer Steven Pinkstaff administered a dose of his department issued NARCAN to the victim.

The victim responded to the NARCAN and was transported URHCS by AMR.

We are proud of Officer Pinkstaff for his decisive action that provided time for this young man to receive the medical attention he needed.

The victim is expected to recover.

Death of a Child Investigation

WFPD officers responded this morning at 6:28 am to 1415 North Rosewood in regard to CPR being done on a 3-year-old child. The child was eventually transported to the URHCS. The child was later pronounced deceased.

The WFPD Crime Against Persons and Crimes Against Children detectives are currently investigating this incident. 

The cause of death is not yet known.

Murder Investigation

On 10-26-22, at approx at 1533 hrs, WFPD officers were sent to a deceased person call at 1317 11th street #13.

Officers located 70 year old James Shierling, dob 05-04-52, deceased inside the apartment.

The death is being investigated as a homicide. Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact us at 940-761-7762 or call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Fresh 48 is in effect.

The case number for this incident is 22-101386.

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Fatality Accident

WFPD officers responded this afternoon at 4:05 pm to the intersection of Southwest Parkway and Taft Blvd to investigate an injury crash.

The officers arrived and discovered a Suzuki motorcycle that was traveling west bound through the intersection struck the passenger side of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The truck was turning left from Southwest Parkway to travel north bound on Taft Blvd when the crash occurred.

The driver of the motorcycle, 33-year-old Laramie James Reid of Iowa Park, Texas, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The 67-year-old female driver and sole occupant of the Ford F-150 was not injured.

Reid was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.

This investigation is still pending.

According to the WFPD Crash Investigations Unit, this is the 17th vehicle crash related death in Wichita Falls for the year 2022.

Fentanyl Arrest

Officers in the WFPD Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant on 10-14-2022 at the Nature Inn and Suites located at 4500 Kell West Blvd.

The suspect, 24-year-old Blake Cook of Wichita Falls, was found alone in room #214.

The officers seized 1,790 Fentanyl pills from the room. The pills weighed 110 grams.

Cook was arrested for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1-B between four grams and 200 grams. Cook was transported to the Wichita County jail where his bond was set at $50,000.00.

We are proud of our Special Operations Unit and their diligent work investigating crimes involving Fentanyl!

4th Quarter and Year End Comprehensive STEP Grant Totals Released

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, distracted driving (cell phones), 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 local Police Departments.

4th Quarter FY 2022 (July 1 – September 30) TXDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Violations-36

Child Safety Seat Violations-1

Intersection Violations-28

Speeding Violations-339

Distracted Driving-6

Non-Hazardous Violations-46

Warnings-103

Arrests-1

Vehicles Impounded-3

Hours Worked-240.5

Miles Driven-2190

FY 2022 TXDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Year-End Totals:

Adult Seatbelt Violations-101

Child Safety Seat Violations-2

Intersection Violations-205

Speeding Violations-1238

Distracted Driving-32

Non-Hazardous Violations-170

Warnings-344

Arrests-5

Vehicles Impounded-10

Hours Worked-845.38

Miles Driven-8233

Multiple Charges for 18 Year Old Female

On 09-27-22, at approx 12:34am, officers were dispatched to the 1500 blk of Roanoke in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, 18 year old Heaven Gonzales was found to be extremally intoxicated and subsequently arrested for Public Intoxication.

She was very combative and resisted arrest.

As the officer was trying to apply her seatbelt in the patrol unit, she leaned up and bit him on the face.

As the case was being investigated, Gonzales was able to slip out of the handcuffs. When the officer went to re-secure her, she grabbed his belted handgun and tried to pull it out of the holster but was unsuccessful.

Gonzales was transported to jail and charged with the following:

Public Intoxication
Assault on a Peace Officer
Resisting Arrest
Attempting to Take a Weapon From a Peace Officer