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!

Unlocked Vehicles Being Targeted

The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to please LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE – LOCK your car, TAKE your keys, and HIDE (or remove) your belongings.

We have recently seen an increase in vehicle burglaries in our city, most of which (approx 98%) were unlocked at the time of the crime.

Criminals are notorious for targeting unlocked cars that have items such as purses/wallets, electronics, and weapons sitting out in plain view.

LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE only takes a few extra seconds and could save you a lot of money and headache later.

Don’t be a victim!

Both Sessions Now Full!

BOTH SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL!

We thank you all for the support in the Junior Police Academy and spreading the word for this summer. The June and July dates have been filled!! We look forward to interacting with the children of our community and we will keep the public updated on when another Junior Police Academy will be held in the future. Thank you again Wichita Falls for your continued support!!

Click It or Ticket

Just a friendly reminder that Click It or Ticket is still going on. Offficers are working special assignments looking for seat belt violations both Day and Night.

2021 was the 2nd most deadly year on Texas roadways since 1940. Of the 4,480 people killed, 1,219 were killed because they were not wearing their seat belt. 1981 was the deadliest year on record in Texas with 4,701 traffic related deaths.

Sadly, there has not be a day go by since November 7th, 2000 that someone hasn’t died on Texas roadways.

Wichita Falls, let’s do our part! Take a few seconds to Buckle Up! It could save your life.

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!!!