Child Shooting Under Investigation

WFPD officers responded on 08-11-22 at 4:42 pm to the Riverbend Nature Center located at 2200 3rd Street in reference to gunshots.

The officers arrived and discovered that an 18-month-old boy was struck to the leg by a bullet. It is not known at this time from where the gunshot was fired.

The victim was taken to the URHCS by ambulance and later flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas.The child is expected to undergo surgery there. 

If you have any information about this incident, please call the WFPD non-emergency number at 940-720-5000 or the WFPD Crime Stoppers number at 940-322-9888. 

The WFPD believes this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to our citizens.

Detectives Investigating 10th Homicide of 2022

WFPD officers responded at 12:11 am this morning to investigate an assault with a weapon at the Haystack Bar located at 315 N. Scott Street.

The officers arrived and found a black male, 34-year-old Cordera Sherrard Walker, deceased in the parking lot.

The WFPD detectives are investigating this case as the 10th murder in Wichita Falls for the year 2022.

If you have any information about this murder, please call the WFPD Crime Stoppers number at 940-322-9888 or the WFPD non-emergency number 940-720-5000.

3rd Quarter STEP Grant Stats

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.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter as provided below.

3rd Quarter FY 2022 (April 1st – June 30th ) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 22

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 48

Speeding – 315

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 12

Non-Hazardous Violations – 29

Warnings – 80

Arrests – 3

Vehicles Impounded – 2

Hours Worked – 217.82

Miles Driven – 2352

FY 2022 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stat Totals to Date:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 65

Child Safety Seats – 1

Intersection Violations – 177

Speeding – 899

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 26

Non-Hazardous Violations – 124

Warnings – 241

Arrests – 4

Vehicles Impounded – 7

Hours Worked – 604.88

Miles Driven – 6043

Remember to buckle up and slow down. Your life and the lives of others depend on it.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested Within Minutes

On 06-28-22, at approx 3:18pm, a black male suspect entered the Union Square bank located at 14th/Holliday and passed a note to the teller demanding money. After receiving the money, the suspect left the scene on foot. He was described as wearing a camo shirt, tan shorts, tennis shoes, and a beanie cap. While searching the area, WFPD Tact and patrol officers located the suspect a couple of blocks away. The suspect was arrested and transported to jail.

More information will be released as it becomes available. No injuries were reported.

Operation Slowdown Results

The Wichita Falls Police Department participated in the 1st Operation Slowdown Grant funded by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The idea behind the grant was to primarily focus on speed violations in high crash areas of the city that involved serious injuries or death.

Officers could also make traffic stops for other hazardous violations such as intersections, seat belts (to include child safety seat violations), and distracted driving (cell phone usage).

The following citations were issued during this two-week campaign from June 7th – June 21st, 2022:

SPEED VIOLATIONS – 455
SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS – 3
CHILD SAFETY SEAT VIOLATIONS – 0
INTERSECTION VIOLATIONS – 4
DISTRACTED DRIVING VIOLATIONS – 1
ARRESTS – 1
ENFORCEMENT HOURS TOTAL – 203.07

Even though this campaign is over, we would like to ask the citizens of Wichita Falls to continue to practice safe driving habits.

Plan your trip and allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely.

EndtheStreakTX

Capital Murder Arrest Made

WFPD officers responded on 06-08-2022 at about 7:30 am to investigate a deceased person at 1621 Deer Park Way. 

The officers found 19-year-old Kaycee Wofford of Wichita Falls deceased. Wofford was 32 weeks pregnant.

Wofford’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Paul Chandler of Wichita Falls, was also on the scene. 

Wofford and Chandler had an argument earlier in the residence.

Wofford’s body was sent out for an autopsy. The autopsy’s finding was that Wofford died of asphyxiation. 

The WFPD detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Paul Chandler for the offense of Capital Murder since Chandler is suspected of killing Wofford and her un-born child.

The WFPD Special Operations Unit, with the help of the US Marshals and the Texas Department of Public Safety, arrested Chandler this evening.

Chandler is currently in custody in the Wichita County jail with a bond set at 1.5 million dollars.

The WFPD detectives assure our citizens that there are no other suspects at large

Click It or Ticket Memorial Campaign Results (May 23-June 5)

The 2022 Click It or Ticket Memorial Campaign ran from May 23rd – June 5th.

Not only were Officers looking for Seat Belt Violations, they were also looking for other violations which would constitute hazardous driving behaviors.

The following is the data which was gathered from this campaign:

Seat Belt Violations – 177

Child Seat Belt Violations – 9

Intersection Violations – 59

Distracted Driving Violations – 11

Speed Violations – 74

Arrests – 1

Total Stops – 437

Enforcement Hours Worked – 171.67

The purpose of the campaign was to educate the public on the importance of buckling up every time they get into a vehicle and travel on a public roadway. The more people buckle up while driving, the less likely they are to be seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash.

Wichita Falls, let’s continue to do our part.

#EndTheStreakTX

WFPD Arrests 2nd Capital Murder Suspect

Officers from the WFPD Special Operations Unit arrested a second suspect in the Capital Murder case that occurred at 23rd street and Grace Street on June 1, 2022.

The WFPD Gang Task Force and Tactical Unit arrested 17-year-old Isaiah Rey Sims of Wichita Falls on a Capital Murder arrest warrant at 1613 Keeler.

The bond is set at $1.5 million dollars.

We are extremely proud of the teamwork our officers have demonstrated during this investigation.

Thank you for your continued support, Wichita Falls!

We are grateful to serve such a supportive community.

WFPD Launches Voluntary SafeCam Program

***WFPD Launches Voluntary SafeCam Program***

Criminals, you’ve been warned. The Wichita Falls Police Department is rolling out a new investigative and crime prevention tool to help curb crimes here in our city.

SafeCam is a widely used and successful program in police departments across the country, and now it will be used to strengthen the partnership between Wichita Falls Police Officers and the community members they serve.

The concept is simple. Businesses and residents can register their security cameras with WFPD. People registering will give basic information such as their name, address, how many security cameras are operational and the direction they are pointed.

By compiling a list of known security cameras in neighborhoods, officers will be able to streamline investigations and directly contact residents or businesses who potentially caught suspects on camera. This partnership helps speed up the process of identifying and arresting suspects to prevent more crimes from occurring.

Security camera video is invaluable for investigators. SafeCam will make it easier to quickly solve neighborhood crimes and allow officers to take a proactive approach to stopping crime sprees.

The information provided to WFPD remains completely confidential, and in no way are officers able to view video unless it is voluntarily provided by the owner. Residents and businesses can voluntarily register their information and can opt out of the program at any time.

To register or find out more information about the program, click here: www.wfpdnow.com/safecam

This project will run in conjunction with, and as a supplement to, the Neighbors app by Ring.

Murder Suspect Arrested!

WFPD officers responded to the URHCS on 06-01-2022 at about 5:41 pm in reference to a gunshot victim.

The officers arrived and found the victim was a 15-year-old male. The victim was pronounced deceased at about 6:12 pm.

The officers and the WFPD Crimes Against Persons detectives determined the victim was shot in the area of 23rd street and Grace. Evidence was found at the scene.

A suspect was developed during the investigation. A 16-year-old male was eventually arrested at about 1:00 am on 06-02-2022 at the residence located at 1527 Blonde Street in Wichita Falls.

A search warrant was also executed at the residence.

The suspect is charged with Capital Murder because the offense occurred during a robbery.

We are extremely proud of the teamwork demonstrated by our officers during this investigation and arrest.

Thank you, Wichita Falls, for your help and support!