The San Angelo Police Department is saying goodbye and happy retirement to one of its most beloved Officers, Jimmie Byrne. Today is Byrne's last day with the Department; however, this is not the first time he has retired.
Byrne was hired in October 1973. He began his career as a patrol officer before transferring to the Street-Crimes Unit, then on to oversee the Traffic Division. Byrne promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1982 and Lieutenant in 1987.
Byrne retired, the first time, in August 1999 and returned to the Department as a Part-time Officer in December 2008 where he has since worked as a Motors Officer. Since his return, Byrne earned the Title of Reserve Officer of the Year two years in a row at the Department's Annual Awards and Appreciation Banquet. He has received countess letters of commendation from local citizens, businesses, and the Department. Accruing 2,172 training hours throughout his career, Byrne retires as a Master Patrolman who has served the community for 33 years.
?I have been blessed to have shared my career with such a great man. He is a great officer, great supervisor, and great employee. When he retired and decided to come back part time, we were ecstatic. I will personally miss having him around.? Police Chief Tim Vasquez
The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred early this morning in north San Angelo.
At approximately 4:10 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police responded to a home invasion robbery in the 2800 block of Bowie St. No one was hurt during this incident but a weapon was exhibited during the robbery.
The suspect(s) got away with various items of value, including the family vehicle, which was recovered shortly thereafter, and left in an unknown direction.
If anyone has any information regarding this crime, please contact Det. Gaeta at (325) 657-4387. To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers 24 hour tip hotline at (325) 658-HELP or 1-800-756-3434.
Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division are investigating several shots fired calls, one that caused damage to a local elementary school.
On October 28, 2015, around 10:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 700 block of N. Van Buren Street for the report of shots fired. Dispatch advised investigating Officers that a complainant heard multiple gunshots in the area.
Upon arrival, Police searched the roadway and located several spent shell casings from a handgun. Police did not locate any damage to property adjacent to the street and no one reported injuries at the time of this call.
Police returned to the 700 block of N. Van Buren for follow-up investigation. After canvassing the area, Officers discovered apparent damage to Austin Elementary School and recovered evidence of gunfire. The school was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.
If you have any information about the incident, call the Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. To remain anonymous, submit tips online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or text your tips- text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.
Around 7:40 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer C. Delacruz was driving near the 400 block of S. Bell Street when he discovered a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.
It was learned that prior to Officer Delacruz's arrival, Claude Holland Jr. walking in the roadway with the flow of traffic and was struck by a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix that was traveling northbound in the outside lane. The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old female San Angelo resident, noticed Holland and attempted to stop but was unable to avoid impact.
Holland sustained incapacitating injuries from the collision and he was transported to Shannon Medical Center by City Ambulance for evaluation. Hospital staff advised Police that Holland's injuries did not appear to be life threatening. His current condition is unknown. The driver was not injured.
Holland appeared to be under the influence of alcohol prior to the crash. Investigators listed alcohol and failure to yield the right of way to a vehicle as contributing factors in the Crash Report.
At this time, no charges have been filed and no citations have been issued.
Just before 2:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police attempted to stop the driver of a tan 2002 Toyota Tundra in the 300 block of East 6th street for running a stop sign; however, the driver disregarded Police overhead lights and sirens, additional traffic control devices and a short pursuit ensued throughout the neighborhood.
The pursuit ended in the 700 block of Holcomb Street after the driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop facing the pursuing Officers. Officers began instructing the driver to exit the vehicle but the driver disregarded their commands, drove towards a police vehicle, and struck it two times. The driver, identified as Luis E. Galarza Jr. (DOB 03-07-94), exited the vehicle after it became disabled and was taken into custody without further incident. Galarza was transported to the Tom Green County Jail, charged with Evading in a Vehicle, and issued Citations for his traffic violations.
Galarza was not injured from the collision, nor were any Officers. The patrol car sustained minor damages.