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.

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.

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

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.

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!

15 Year Old Shooting Victim Passes – Investigation On-going

At approx 1741 hrs, officers responded to the ER in reference to a deceased 15 year old gunshot victim. Officers believe the shooting occurred in the area of 23rd/Grace. The investigation is on-going.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact our Crimes Against Persons Unit at 940-761-7762 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

There is also a Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Fresh 48 in effect!

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!

Bomb Threat Suspect Federally Sentenced

A Wichita Falls man who called in fake bomb threats was sentenced today to two years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.

Tommy Jay Hollis, 27, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to one count of making a hoax bomb threat. He was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor.

According to plea papers, Mr. Hollis admitted that posing as a friend, he submitted the bomb threat to the FBI National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) via tips.fbi.gov.

“I’m planning on bombing the downtown Wichita Falls,” he wrote in the tip, which was submitted on Aug. 30, 2021.

In an interview with law enforcement, Mr. Hollis admitted that he made the threat from an email account he created in his friend’s name in an attempt to cause law enforcement to arrest the friend. He claimed he did not intend to carry out an attack.

“Making threats to prompt a law enforcement response is dangerous and instills fear throughout the community,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “The FBI is proud to work with our partners at the Wichita Falls Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure that defendants like Mr. Hollis are held fully accountable for their actions.”

According to court documents, Mr. Hollis had a history of making threats in other people’s names.

Posting as another friend, he reported to the NTOC that he was allowing a two-year-old to play with loaded firearms.

“He is my son I beat him with my hand and rape him too,” he said in the tip, submitted on July 26, 2021.

A welfare check on the child in question revealed no firearms or visible injuries.

Several weeks later, Mr. Hollis, posing as that same friend, reported to a local principal that he planned to attack his school.

“I’m letting you know I plan on attacking your school,” he wrote in the tip, submitted on Aug. 16, 2021. “Please if you care about the kids and the little girls you will report immediately I need to be locked up.”

Based on the hoax threat, the Burkburnett ISD Police Department added extra officers to protect every school in the district for the next two days.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office – Wichita Falls Resident Agency conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Wichita Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Lo Galbo, Jay Weimer, and Taylor Winn prosecuted the case.

Suspect Sought in Stabbing

UPDATE: The WFPD detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Nathan Hargrove of Wichita Falls for the offense of Aggravated Assault.

WFPD officers responded to the URHCS Emergency Room at about 3:30 this afternoon when a male arrived with stab wounds. The officers were able to ascertain that the victim had been stabbed by another male in the parking lot of the Sleepwell motel located at 2600 Iowa Park Road.

Other WFPD officers responded to the Sleepwell and secured the scene.

The victim was taken to surgery. The severity of his wounds is unknown at this time.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released.