On the 22nd of October 2014 at approximately 9:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 1002 N. Main (Northcrest Apartments) in reference to a gunshot victim. When Officers arrived they located the victim, identified as Alfredo Harper B/M DOB 4/3/89. Harper was found lying outside in-between two of the Apartment buildings. Harper was found to have been shot in the arm, abdomen and hip. Harper was immediately transported by EMS to a landing zone for helicopter transport to Midland Memorial for treatment. The initial investigation revealed some type of verbal altercation occurred between Harper and the suspect, in the parking lot of the apartments, when the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds striking Harper. Harper was found to have run approximately 100 yards through the apartment complex before collapsing. The suspect is believed to have departed the apartment complex prior to Officers arrival. At the time of this release Harper’s condition is unknown. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. If you have any information regarding this shooting please call the Big Spring / Howard County Crime Stoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477).
Chief Chad Williams
Lt. Brian Gordon
Sgt. Tony Everett
Recently The Big Spring Police Department has received complaints from citizens regarding a phone scam. The complaints are regarding phone calls they are receiving from subjects who claim to be law enforcement officers. They tell the citizen that they have missed a court date and owe fines and attempt to collect those fines over the phone. Neither the Police Department nor the Howard County Sheriffs Office are contacting citizens about fines. If you receive one of these calls listen carefully to the name and agency given. Do not give ANY personal information to the callers. Report the call to the local Police or Sheriffs office immediately.
On the 20th of October 2014 at approximately 6:20 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 11th and Scurry in reference to a vehicle and pedestrian accident. Upon officers arrival, the driver of the vehicle was found to be City of Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan and the pedestrian was found to be Big Spring resident Robert Pullin W/M DOB 4/5/46. Pullin had sustained head injuries and was flown from the scene by helicopter to Odessa Medical Center for treatment. Due to Mr. McLellan’s position with the City of Big Spring and potential seriousness of injury sustained by Mr. Pullin, it is the Big Spring Police Department’s protocol to request the assistance of the Department of Public Safety with the investigation of the accident. DPS was contacted and responded at which time the investigation was turned over to them. The Department of Public Safety is the lead investigating agency on this accident and any further inquiries into the accident will be directed to DPS Public Information Officer Elaina Miramontes at 432-498-2174.
Chief Chad Williams
On 09-17-2014, the body of a white male was found on the railroad tracks near 1st and Austin streets. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin. That notification was made and the victim is identified as OLDAKER, ALLEN 62 years of age, last known residence was in Odessa Tx. There were no signs of foul play and we are awaiting autopsy results.
On the 17th of September 2014 at 9:14PM, Big Spring Police Department Officers and EMS personnel were dispatched to 1st and Austin in reference to a male laying on the train tracks. Officers arrived on scene and observed a 62 year old White/Male laying on the train tracks. Further inspection revealed the subject was deceased. The initial investigation indicates the subject was not struck by a train. There is also no initial indication of any foul play involved. Justice of the Peace Benny Green ordered an autopsy on the subject. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is working with Union Pacific Investigators on this matter. The name of the individual is not being released until next of kin is notified.
On 9/5/14 at approximately 8:00 AM, the Big Spring Animal Control Kennel Worker responded to the Big Spring Animal Shelter to begin her normal duties. The Kennel worker discovered several deceased chickens inside the fenced area of the Shelter. The deceased chickens were left on the grounds until an Animal Control Officer was available to help examine the chickens and determine what killed the birds. Around 12:00 PM other chickens began to appear that were injured and had came back to the area of the shelter. Some of the chickens were taken to a vet to be treated for the injuries. When the Animal Control Officer arrived to assist the Kennel Worker, the deceased chickens were examined and it appeared as though the chickens died by being struck with some type of blunt object or tool. The chickens were also taken to a local vet who confirmed that he also believes the chickens were struck with a tool and it did not appear that the chickens were attacked by another animal. The fenced area was locked and secured at the time of this crime and it appears as though someone gained access to the secure area in order to kill the animals. Preventative measures are being sought to better secure the facility. The Animal Cruelty case is currently being investigated by the Big Spring Police Department. Due to this case being an on going criminal investigation, no further details can be released at this time.