The recent end to the Meet and Confer contract resulted in the loss of three part-time police officers who have been dedicated to serving the Department and community for many years.
Robert Lloyd, who was originally hired in September 1974, retired in August 2003. Lloyd returned in 2009 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Pawn Unit where he has helped recover several hundred thousand dollars in stolen property for San Angelo residents.
John Palmer, who was originally hired in September 1980, retired in February 2007. Palmer returned in 2008 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section where he has assisted with hundreds of vehicle crashes, traffic enforcement, and traffic control and escorts for countless events in our community.
Jim Coleman, who was originally hired in 1981, left the Department in 1988 to begin a career with U.S. Customs and Homeland Security, where he served 24 years. Coleman returned to our Department in 2012 as a part-time Investigator assigned to the Department’s Cold Case Section. Coleman will be staying on as an unpaid Reserve Officer, continuing his work on San Angelo’s fifteen cold cases.
These officers’ work has had a profound impact on our Department and their experience and expertise will be sorely missed.
October 3, 2017 — At approximately 9:00 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of North Bryant Boulevard and West 6th Street for the report of an unconscious person.
Officers arrived and located Edward Vigil, 52, of San Angelo, unresponsive on the ground near the overpass. Vigil had no vital signs and apparently died as a result of injuries he sustained from falling off the overpass. Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the location and formally pronounced Vigil deceased. Vigil’s next of kin was notified.
Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a follow up investigation. Although the circumstances around Vigil’s death have not been confirmed, an eyewitness told police they observed Vigil fall from the bridge. At this time, there are no signs of foul play.
The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Assistant Chief Robert Martinez in a retirement ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. The ceremony is open to the public.
Martinez, who was born and raised in San Angelo Texas, began his career with the San Angelo Police department in October 1981. During his career, Martinez served six years in the Patrol Division as a patrolman and supervisor, sixteen years with the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator and supervisor, and fourteen years in the Administration Division where he rounded out his career as the Assistant Chief in charge of Investigations overseeing the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Intelligence Division, and Street Crimes Division.
Martinez holds a Master Peace Officers license, has over 2,777 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours, and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy, class 174, in Quantico, Virginia. He promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1989 and was appointed to Assistant Chief in 2004.
During his tenure, Martinez participated in the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program and he has received countless letters of commendation from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, the Concho Valley Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, as well as from various citizens who benefitted from his lengthy service and dedication to the community.
Friday, September 29, 2017 – The San Angelo Police Department welcomed back two certified peace Officers Friday afternoon.
Returning Officers Tina Burks and Juan Soto were sworn in during a private ceremony officiated by Police Chief Frank Carter at Police Headquarters.
Burks and Soto, both former San Angelo Police Department Peace Officers, were recently employed as Angelo State University Police.
Collectively the pair brings over 12.5 years of law enforcement experience back to the Department.
With the Meet and Confer Contract’s end in late September, the pair will likely be the last hired as lateral transfers.
Saturday, September 30, 2017— A 2-year-old girl is reported to be in critical condition after nearly drowning at Lake Nasworthy Saturday evening.
The toddler and her parents were reportedly attending a function at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, 1938 S. Concho Drive, when she became separated from her parents and other attendees. After the group noticed the toddler was missing, they began searching the area. Soon after the search began, one of the event’s attendees, a United States Army Firefighter, pulled the toddler from the lake and immediately began life-saving measures.
San Angelo Police and Fire Departments were notified about the incident just after 7:00 p.m. Upon arrival, Officers were directed to the shoreline where subjects were performing life-saving measures on the toddler, who was unresponsive.
SAPD Officers assumed CPR until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived. The toddler was transported by ambulance to San Angelo Community Medical Center for initial assessment and later flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas where she was admitted to the facility’s intensive care unit.
The Department’s Lake Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded. This investigation is ongoing.