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Officer Rodriguez Retirement
Jul 28, 2022   09:23 AM

On June 15, 2022 the San Angelo Police Department celebrated Officer Irma Rodriguez retirement with over 36 years of service to the City of San Angelo.

Officer Rodriguez served in many divisions throughout the San Angelo Police Department to include Patrol, the DARE program, Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Polygraph Operator, Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), the Auto Theft Task Force, Field Training Officer (FTO,) she was a board member of the San Angelo Police Officer’s Association, and she also served on the SAPD’s Honor Guard since its inception.  As Officer Rodriguez transitions into retirement, she will continue to serve her community by being apart of SAPD’s Reserve Officer program where she will continue to serve in the Honor Guard.

While her retirement is a tremendous loss for San Angelo, the SAPD is truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and even more grateful for the lasting impact she’s made on our community. Her service to San Angelo has been invaluable and she will be greatly missed.

Vehicle Pursuit leads to Multiple Felony Charges
Jul 06, 2022   04:18 PM

Vehicle Pursuit leads to Multiple Felony Charges

On 7/6/22 around 12:13pm, SAPD’s patrol division attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a White in color Dodge Dually pickup near the intersection of W. 9th and N. Irving Street.

The driver of the pickup (later identified as Shane Keele 42 yoa) failed to stop and proceeded to lead officers on a slow speed pursuit into the North side of town. Keele continued to evade in the vehicle and ended up in the County where the Sheriff and Constable’s office assisted with the pursuit.

The Pursuit continued into the county where Keele’s vehicle was observed intentionally striking a marked Sheriff’s Patrol unit causing damage to the unit. Keele then continued back into the city limits where SAPD officers attempted to deploy “Stop Sticks” multiple times in the path of Keele's vehicle. SAPD officers were unsuccessful in the utilization of the “Stop Sticks” as Keele actively avoided them by driving around them with his vehicle.

As the chase continued, the end result was a collision with a Red in color GMC Terrain at the intersection of Dallas and N. Van Buren. Keele then exited his vehicle and fled on foot into the median of Houston Harte Expressway. Keele was quickly taken into custody by Officers and he was secured in a marked patrol unit.

It was learned that a 37 year old female (passenger in Keele’s vehicle) and a 69 year old female (Driver of the GMC Terrain) had injuries associated with the collision. SAFD Medics were requested on scene and ultimately transported Keele and the 69 year old female to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. The 37 year old female refused medical treatment and was released on scene.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division assisted with the investigation and the initial charges for Keele will be:

• Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle
• Evading Arrest/Detention on Foot
• And a County Warrant arrest

Keele also received citations for Disregarding a Stop Light, No Insurance, and Driving While License Invalid.

Additional Charges may be forthcoming as this incident is currently under investigation.

Arson Investigation
Jul 01, 2022   10:44 AM
On 07/01/2022 just before 07:30 am, SAPD and SAFD were dispatched to 1926 North Bryant in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, Officers observed flames and a large amount of smoke exiting from the building.
After the fire was suppressed by the SAFD, officials were able to locate a male subject inside the building. Officers made contact with the male and learned that the male was armed with an edged weapon and had suicidal tendencies.
In a coordinated effort, members of the SAPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team communicated with the distraught male which ultimately resulted in a peaceful resolution.
Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office Mental Health Unit responded to the scene and subsequently transported the 35-year-old male to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The SAFD’s Fire Marshall’s Office and SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division are investigating the cause of the fire.
No officers or civilians were injured during the course of this incident.
Stabbing Investigation
Jun 16, 2022   03:32 PM

On 6/16/22 around 9:15am, Officers were dispatched to 128 N. Magdalen (Bluebonnet Day-Hab) in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, Officers located a 22 year old male who was suffering from an apparent stab wound on his face. The victim was transported to Shannon Downtown by SAFD Medics with what was believed to be a non-life threatening injury.

Officers learned that the suspect (Kristopher Jones 23yoa) knows the victim and that a verbal dispute between the two had led to the stabbing. It was also learned that Jones had fled the scene prior to officer arrival and his whereabouts were initially unknown.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division assisted with this investigation and eventually located Jones walking in the 600blk of N. Bell. Jones was taken into custody and was ultimately charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Update on Homicide Investigation
Jun 15, 2022   02:42 PM

On 6/13/22, SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division obtained an arrest warrant for Paul Zipper for the murder of Shawn Clark. This was a direct result of the investigations that took place on Dena Drive and out in Irion County.

The warrant was executed at the Tom Green County Jail as Zipper is currently in custody at that location for previous charges.

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