Remembering Our Fallen – Day 5

National Police Week is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Officer Robert E. Fellows & Officer Walter E. Rappolee Jr.

End of Watch: August 22, 1968

Officer Fellows and Officer Walter Rappolee were crushed to death when a wall fell onto their patrol car. A large fire had destroyed a section of downtown Wichita Falls and the two officers were sitting in their patrol car in front of one of the damaged buildings when the wall collapsed and landed on top of the car.

Officer Fellows had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 4.5 years.

Officer Rappolee had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 2 years.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fellows and Officer Rappolee.

Remembering Our Fallen – Day 4

National Police Week is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Officer Russell C. Scott

End of Watch: November 28, 1958

Officer Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet. Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.

Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Scott.

COLD CASE MURDER ARREST MADE

On 02-21-08, 49 year old Hulan Dewayne Waldon was murdered in the 800 blk of Dallas Street. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The case remained active but went cold as very little information was available at the time. However, WFPD Officer Casillas and WFPD Cold Case Detective John Laughlin kept examining the case and were determined to bring closure to the family.

As a result of their hard work and dedication, an in-depth investigation led to a suspect being identified and an arrest being made.

On 05-11-21, a MURDER warrant was served on Terrance Odel Reese, DOB 05-01-77, while he was in Federal Custody. Excellent work!

Remembering Our Fallen – Day 3

National Police Week (May 10-16, 2020) is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Special Officer Robert Franklin Fennell

End of Watch: March 20, 1938

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received two days earlier while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.Special Officer Bob Fennell died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at the club. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fennell.

Remerbering Our Fallen – Day 1

National Police Week is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Officer Hugh Sevier Fuller

End of Watch: October 22, 1927

Around 2:00 p.m. Motorcycle Officer Hugh S. Fuller was en route to a vehicle accident at Ninth and Broad streets. Just one block from the accident scene he struck the side of a motorist making a turn in the intersection of Ninth and Bluff streets. The motorist was en route to the hospital to see his seriously ill wife. He accompanied the injured officer to the hospital. Officer Fuller died one hour later at 3:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. Fuller had been a night patrolman and had transferred to the motorcycle unit several weeks earlier. He had been well known motorcycle racer since he was a teenager and had won many awards. Fuller’s wrecked motorcycle was placed in the lobby of the police station for many years.

Officer Fuller was survived by his wife, Sallie, and his parents. They had a daughter born on August 5, 1927 who died two days later. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fuller.

Arrest Made in Early Morning Murder

UPDATE:

An arrest has been made in this case. The arrested subject has been identified as Randy Dale Russell. Russell is currently being held in the Wichita County Jail on the following charge: Murder.

Great job by our officers and investigators!

Original Post:

On 4-22-21, at 0036 hrs., Officers responded to 5910 Kemp Street. Chadrick Russell was found with a serious wound to his chest. He was transported to URHC where he was pronounced dead at 0219 hours. The case is being investigated as a murder.

FY 2021 2nd Quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat Totals

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 2nd Quarter as provided below.

2nd Quarter FY 2021 (January 1st thru March 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 26

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 12

Speeding – 418

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1

Non-Hazardous Violations – 41

Warnings – 121

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 3

Hours Worked – 250

Miles Driven – 2179

FY 2021 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stat Totals to Date:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 38

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 29

Speeding – 761

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1

Non-Hazardous Violations – 104

Warnings – 215

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 6

Hours Worked – 465

Miles Driven – 3835

Remembering Our Fallen

Special Officer Robert Franklin Fennell

End of Watch: March 20, 1938

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received two days earlier while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.

Special Officer Bob Fennell died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at the club. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.

Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.

Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department.

He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fennell.

Injury to a Child Arrest Made

Jacob Lopez, age 33, was arrested following the service of an evidentiary search warrant in the 1300 blk of N. 9th. The warrant was the result of an WFPD/CPS investigation into allegations that Lopez had used a BB gun on several children at that location.

Lopez was taken into custody and booked into the Wichita County Jail on charges of Injury to a Child.

Bond was set by a judge at $50,000. Great job by all agencies and officers involved!

COUNTERFEIT CHECK OPERATION BUSTED – TWO ARRESTED

On 02-25-21, our Financial Crimes Unit, along with a DPS Special Agent, executed a search warrant in a room at the Motel 6 on Central Freeway. The search warrant yielded multiple counterfeiting items including IDs, computer equipment, date stamps, blank check forms, and a large check writing machine. Investigation has linked this operation to multiple victims.

Jermaine Green, age 39, and Robin Kolker, age 40, were arrested and charged with Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information (50 or more items) which is a 1st Degree Felony. Their bonds have been set at $100,000 each!

Excellent work!