On Friday October 7, 2022, former Officer Jayson Zapata resigned from the San Angelo Police Department. The San Angelo Police Department is a Civil Service Department and has a set protocol for conducting internal investigations in accordance with State Civil Service Law.
While the investigation into his conduct was ongoing, if Professional Standards had sustained the allegations, I intended to terminate Officer Zapata’s employment with the San Angelo Police Department. The criminal investigation will be sent to the Tom Green County Attorney’s Office.
It is very important to me for the citizens of this community to know that this type of conduct will not be taken lightly and will not be tolerated.
It is also essential to express that the conduct of one officer should never reflect on the hard-working, professional, and dedicated men and women of the San Angelo Police Department. Those officers do an outstanding job every day, keeping our community safe.
Frank Carter, Chief of Police
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.
On 10-04-22, Detectives with the SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division applied for and obtained arrest warrants of arrest for the following individuals;
Julian Suarez (44), arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault causes SBI
Anthony Giese (38), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI
Raymond Scott (29), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI
The above listed arrests stem from the incident at the Whiskey River Saloon on 10-02-22, in which a US Marine was killed and several other service members all attached to Goodfellow Air Force base were assaulted.
Ray Rivera (40), who was arrested on 10-02-2022 for this incident, received an additional charge for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
This remains an ongoing investigation and more information will be released if and when it becomes available.
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.
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.