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Victim, suspect dead in Killeen's fourth homicide case of 2024

Posted at 4:36 PM, Apr 17, 2024


KILLEEN, Texas — New details from Killeen PD's initial investigation say the two males were friends engaged in an argument and altercation which led to a shooting.

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Jarquis D. Pold—who was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Nicola James at 3:01 p.m.

Next of kin has been notified.

Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old De'Tavius K. Smith and said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Lampasas County. Justice of the Peace Dan Hause pronounced Smith dead at 2:01 p.m.

Next of kin has been notified.

Detectives are continuing this investigate.

This marks the fourth homicide case in 2024 for Killeen.


KILLEEN, Texas — Central Texas law enforcement agencies are currently investigating Wednesday afternoon's shooting in Killeen that left one man dead.

According to the Killeen Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 6300 block of Taree Loop. Upon arrival, they found a man with gunshot wounds and no suspect on the scene — the suspect called 911 and informed dispatchers of the incident.

"Copperas Cove Police officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in Lampasas County," police said. "The suspect refused to get out of the vehicle and sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Officers did not charge any firearms, and the Lampasas County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers will be conducting the death investigation in Lampasas County.

This investigation is ongoing, and the name of the victim and the suspect will not be released until next of kin are notified.