The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is confirming that the body located yesterday in the Twin Buttes area is missing Staff Sergeant Stephen Burpee.
At approximately 2:18 p.m., two motorcyclists located a vehicle in a heavily wooded area and called 911 to report they observed what they believed to be a body inside the vehicle.
Lake Division Officers arrived on scene and located a deceased subject inside a Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee. The San Angelo Police Criminal Investigative Division and Crime Scene Unit also responded. SAPD detectives on scene confirmed the deceased to be Burpee. Justice of the Peace McGuire was also called to the scene and ordered an autopsy for the deceased.
Burpee was transported to Lubbock, Texas for autopsy. At this time, police do not suspect foul play.
Burpee was the subject of a Missing Person Alert on May 15, 2014, and has been missing since May 13th.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
We sincerely thank all the people who came out to today's annual National Police Week Ecumenical Service held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown San Angelo.
It is such a blessing to us to look out amongst the crowd and see our fellow law enforcement officers from so many different agencies, all there to support one another during this emotional service. It is also a blessing to look around and see unfamiliar faces - the citizens of San Angelo who take time out of their day to stand with us to pay tribute to the peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Thank you for showing us that you care. Thank you for remembering the fallen.
To all the staff at First United Methodist Church, we appreciate your hospitality. Thank you for taking such great care of us and attending to all of our needs. Special thanks to Reverend Sam Hunnicutt, Reverend Dale Weise, Barry Dowell, Mike Hale, Joe Torres, and Thomas Byrd for making this event possible.
For those who were not able to make the event due to other commitments, you can watch our video tribute to the Fallen Texas Peace Officers here: http://youtu.be/IfdsCX69OJM
[Video by Martin Stuart, San Angelo Police Department]
Forty-five shooters competed in today's Firearms Competition held at the San Angelo Police Department's Gun Range. The competition is one of many yearly events scheduled during the Department's observation of Police Memorial Week.
Teams were comprised of members from the San Angelo Police Department, Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, Concho County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Shooters came from as far as Midland and Odessa to compete for today's bragging rights.
Top shooters and teams are as follows:
1st Brandon Farris, SAPD
2nd Zach Epperson, TX DPS
3rd Craig Thomason, SAPD
1st TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 1
2nd SAPD S.W.A.T.
3rd TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 2
1st Brandon Farris, SAPD
2nd Tanner Purvis, TX DPS
3rd Jeff Strain, TX DPS
1st SAPD S.W.A.T.
2nd TX DPS Highway Patrol
3rd TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 1
All participants were entered into a drawing for two firearms donated by O.D.I.N. Firearms & Supply of San Angelo.
The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public's help in two unsolved Felony Criminal Mischief cases:
Felony Criminal Mischief:
Location: 500-700 blocks of Lake View Heroes Drive
Synopsis: Unknown person(s) used an unknown weapon, possibly an air gun (BB or pellet) or slingshot to shoot out 4 streetlights. The incident may have taken place in the month of April 2014.
Felony Criminal Mischief:
Location: Concentrated in Sector 3 along A & M Avenue, Sul Ross Avenue, Chatterton Drive, Tanglewood Drive, and Vista Del Arroyo Street
Synopsis: Unknown person(s) used an unknown object (possibly a firearm) to damage several vehicles? windows. Police believe these incidents occurred between the night time hours of May 5 into the morning hours of May 6, 2014.
If you have any information about the person(s) responsible for these two separate incidents, please contact the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 325-657-4264. Anonymous tips can be sent through the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777. You can submit Tips online at: http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/
Every year in May, the San Angelo Police Department honors their employees and volunteers who best exemplify the spirit of public service and outstanding service to the organization during the past year.
Aside from fourteen awards categories, Chief's Special Awards are given to those who, because of their extra effort or participation, have made the mission of the San Angelo Police Department more attainable.
In early spring, employees are invited to nominate fellow co-workers for consideration in each respective category. After the nomination deadline, the Department's Meritorious Conduct Board meets to discuss the nominees before selecting the winners.
This year's awards recipients are:
? Patrol Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Chris Cimino
? Patrol Officer of the Year: Officer Adrian Castro
? Rookie of the Year: Officer Keith Lane
? Investigative Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Todd Dornhecker
? Investigator of the Year: Detective Hank Hethcock
? Support Services Supervisor of the Year: Public Safety Communications Supervisor Linda Waller
? Support Services Officer of the Year: Officer Tom Daniel
? Civilian Employee of the Year: CSI Tech Terri Adams
? Communications Officer of the Year: Sarah Bates
? Community Service Award: Detective Travis Griffith
? Reserve/Retiree Officer of the Year: Officer Jimmie Byrne
? Volunteer of the Year: Police Chaplain Scott Cotton
? Overall Officer of the Year: Officer Adrian Castro
? Life Saving Awards: Officer Jeff Fisher, Officer Charles Flores, and Officer Travis McGee
? Chief's Special Awards: Intel Specialists Shawna Hitchcock and Heather Maier, and V.I.P.S. Members Armando Vasquez and Tom Bright