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Police Officer Arrested for Theft
Oct 05, 2022   12:14 PM

On 10/04/2022 at approximately 17:58 hours, SAPD Officers were dispatched to Walmart located at 5501 Sherwood Way for a shoplifter.


Upon officers arrival they were able to locate the suspect in the parking lot.  The suspect was detained and an investigation was conducted.


At the conclusion of the investigation the suspect, identified as Jayson Zapata, was arrested and transported to Tom Green County Detention Center. Jayson Zapata is currently employed as a San Angelo Police Officer and has been with the Department since 2007.  


Zapata will be on administrative leave from the Department while the SAPD Internal Affairs Division conducts an investigation. Zapata was off duty when the incident occurred. 


National Night Out 2022
Oct 03, 2022   10:29 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is hosting National Night Out on 10/04/2022. This event will take place from 4:30pm-7:00p.m at San Angelo Stadium (1919 Knickerbocker). National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

Multiple Law Enforcement agencies and SAFD will be in attendance along with vehicles for display. There will also be information booths from local agencies providing information to the public. Central High School/Lakeview Cheerleaders, Angelo State Ram Dominic and Cheerleaders will also be in attendance. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. A bounce house is available for children along with the Railway Museum of San Angelo providing train rides at this location. The SAPD will have a fingerprinting booth for children. The participation of the fingerprinting booth enters for a chance to win door prizes such as scooters donated by Target, $50 Walmart gift card, Senor Chang’s gift card, Central Firehouse gift box, and more.

At 5:30 p.m the SAPD will have a K9 display. Following the K9 display, Fort Concho Elementary will have a special performance at 6:00 p.m.

This event will take place in the parking lot of the San Angelo Stadium on the Johnson Street side. This is a come and go event and free for all families.

Homicide Investigation Leads to Arrest
Oct 02, 2022   04:05 PM

On 10/02/2022 around 0101 hours, Officers were dispatched to 125 E. Concho (Whiskey River Saloon) in reference to a fight. Upon arrival, Officers received information that multiple persons had been stabbed. Officers arrived on scene and located a 28 year old male with stab wounds. 


SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division and Crime Scene Division were requested on scene to assist with the investigation. 


It was learned a verbal altercation started inside Whiskey River and resulted in an altercation in the parking lot at this location. 


All victims were later transported to Shannon Downtown by SAFD Medics. The 28 year old male later succumbed to his injuries at Shannon Medical Center. All victims are service members attached to Goodfellow Air Force Base.


SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division took over the investigation and ultimately charged Ray Vera (40) with Murder. 


The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of the family. 


This is an active investigation and further information will be released when available.




Sep 30, 2022   04:48 PM

On 09/30/22, Officers with the SAPD were dispatched to Central High School in reference to a hoax call indicating that shots had been fired on the Central High School campus. Central High School administration along with SAPD placed the campus on lockdown for the safety of the students.
Multiple officers and other law enforcement agencies quickly responded to Central and began to secure both the interior and exterior of the school.
The SAPD and Central staff worked in conjunction with each other to ensure everyone’s safety. The lockdown was lifted and students were released following no potential threat.
Detectives with SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division arrived on scene to assist and are currently investigating the incident.

SAPD received information that the same caller for the Central High School incident had also made the same threat to a school in Colorado City and in Abilene.

The SAPD would like to clarify that there was not a shooting at the school and that there are no injuries associated with this incident.
The SAPD and SAISD continues to highly encourage anyone with information regarding possible threats to our schools and students to contact the Police Department directly with their concerns so we can address them accordingly.
Further information will be released if it becomes available.


Shooting Investigation
Sep 14, 2022   01:17 PM

On 9/13/22 around 7:25pm, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200blk of Oxford in reference to a domestic disturbance. While responding to that location, our dispatch division received information that the there was a potential shooting victim at that residence.

Officers arrived on scene, located a 54 year old male who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso, and were able to detain John Walton (47yoa) who was believed to be the suspect.

Officers administered first aid to the victim on scene and SAFD medics transported him to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Division arrived on scene to assist with investigating the incident. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Walton was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

This incident is still under investigation and no further information is available to be released at this time.

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