PR 17-18 Murder/Suicide involving two young children

North Richland Hills police respond to an apparent murder suicide involving 2 small children.

On Saturday December 9, 2017 shortly after 7:00 am, the North Richland Hills Communication center received a call regarding a shooting in the 7400 block of College Circle S.

Upon arrival, officers found a 5 year old female, 9 year old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself. A records search on the home revealed no prior history between our department and the family or address.

At this time, the names of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.


CarissaKatekaru  –  Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-18

Phone: (817) 427-7076


Pursuit – PR 17-17

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release           PR 17-17

Officers pursue a suspected DWI in to far North West Dallas. Pursuit called off at due rush hour traffic.

On October 24, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, an officer initiated a motorist assist in the 6300 block of Smithfield Rd. The officer attempted to make contact with a male driver in a maroon Nissan sedan, when suddenly the driver fled the area. The officer believed the driver to be under the influence, and began the pursuit. Officers pursued the vehicle for nearly 45 minutes in to far North West Dallas. It was terminated at about 6:15 am due to rush hour traffic. Maximum speed of the pursuit did not exceed 75 mph, and there were no injuries to officers or civilians during the incident. The case is currently under investigation.


Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/PIO

Phone: (817) 427-7076





Auto-Ped Fatality Crash NE Loop 820 – PR 17-16


NEWS RELEASE                  For Immediate Release

North Richland Hills officers are currently investigating an auto pedestrian fatality crash resulting from a shoplifting suspect struggling with and fleeing from officers.

On September 3, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, North Richland Hills Police were dispatched to 6401 NE Loop 820, Walmart, for a report of a shoplifting in progress.  The suspect, an adult white male, left the area on foot and attempted to hide in the parking lot when officers arrived on scene. The suspect fled towards the access road of NE Loop 820, where he began to resist officers.  The suspect again started to flee and attempted to cross the 6400 block of NE Loop 820, where a vehicle struck him.  Officers immediately began administering CPR and emergency aid until paramedics arrived on scene.  The suspect was transported to JPS Hospital by ground ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.  No officers or other citizens were injured during the incident.
The identity of the suspect involved will be withheld at this time, pending further investigation and notification of the suspect’s family regarding the fatality.​

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 17-16

Phone: (817) 427-7076



Service Above Self – Developing the SHIELD Program

SHIELD – Service. Honor. Integrity. Life. Ethics.

Our department recognizes the physical and mental toll that policing can have on our employees, and by working to ensure employees’ health and wellness is good, they can do better work for the community. This lead to the creation of the SHIELD Program.

Over the last couple of months, our entire organization (both sworn and civilian) began attending in-house training. While some may think “How boring!”, we politely disagree. Over the last 12-18 months, this program, SHIELD, was developed through careful thought and consideration by our very own Training Sergeant Shelley, and Professional Standards Lieutenant Garner.


The premise of the program is summed up pretty well by the motto: To provide service to our community, each other and ourselves, while having honor in who we are and what we do. Utilizing integrity and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics in our decisions and how we interact with others. Having belief in the sanctity of all human life. Considering de-escalation in whatever we do.

We believe that through the development of this program, we are sharpening our commitment to service, and that by equipping our employees with the knowledge and opportunities to better care for each other and themselves, we are empowering them in our pursuit of a safe and secure community where our residents have full faith and confidence in their police department. Upon completion, each staff member will be given a challenge coin as a reminder of their commitment to Service, Honor, Integrity, Life, Ethics and De-Escalation.

Media Release 17-15 Silver Alert

Sergeant Kevin Palmer

Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7074



NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release                           PR 17-15

On August 9, 2017, at 2:06PM, North Richland Hills Police Officers responded to a home in the 5000 block of Winder Court reference a missing person. John Lewis Smith (75 year old white male) left his home driving a dark green 2006 Kia Sportage (TXLP JCL5136).  John is diagnosed with dementia as well as other medical conditions and left his cell phone at home.  A Silver Alert has been issued and we are asking the community to be on the look out for John or the vehicle and to call 9-1-1 if either is seen.



Vehicle in to Building PR 17-14

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


          NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release   PR 17-14

On July 27, 2017 at 10:09 am, first responders were dispatched to the 7200 block of Boulevard 26 regarding a vehicle that had crashed through a glass window in the shopping center. Upon arrival, personnel saw a minivan that had backed through the glass window of ABC Nails.

The vehicle was removed from the glass window by North Richland Hills Fire Department personnel. There were no injuries and no one was transported from the scene. The building was reported to be structurally sound.



Social Media Safety for Children

With the ever changing world of social and digital media, and the growing interest of children wanting to hop on this trend, are you prepared to help safeguard them from the dangers?

We know, your kids are interested in the fast world of social media, ours are too. But how can you keep them safe from potential dangers lurking out there? The biggest impact you can make is being present. Monitoring. Openly discussing things with them. As parents, we are our child’s advocate,  and mentor, so it’s our job to help guide them.


A few ways to keep your children safe(er) on social media:

1. Keep your child’s profile private so that only family and people you know see photos, important dates and other information.

2. Make sure they’re not posting personal details, including phone numbers, home address, and the name of their school or Social Security number.

3. Only allow them to publish photos and videos that don’t jeopardize their safety or their integrity.

4. Make sure they choose a strong password that can’t be guessed, and that it gets changed every three months.

5. Never allow them to accept friend requests from people they don’t know.

6. Keep an open dialogue with your children. Ask them to let you know if they’ve received private messages from a stranger, or from someone at school who is teasing, harassing or threatening them. Those could be signs of cyber-bullying or even a sexual predator.


Have an open dialogue with your children about current trends in social media. One “trend” circulating the inter-webs, started in Russia and has made its way over to the US. It’s called the “Blue Whale Challenge,” which is a suicide dare game. While we haven’t had any reported incidents in our area, we want to alert parents to it, so you can monitor. Our friends at Miami Police Department put together an informative video about the Blue Whale Challenge:

As always, reach out if you have any questions. We’ll be here.



Miami Police Department Facebook

Photo by William Iven on Unsplash


Road Rage Shooting – PR 17-13

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 17-13

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076


NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On June 28 at 2:16 am officers responded to the 7600 block of Boulevard 26 reference a male victim with an apparent gunshot wound.

Preliminary investigation reveals this is likely a road rage incident *that occurred east bound 820 near the Boulevard 26 exit. Details leading up to the shooting are not available at this time. The suspect vehicle is described as a white mid-size SUV with the driver wearing a white baseball cap.

The victim, a 33 year old white male, was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

If you witnessed or have any information regarding this incident, please call police dispatch 817-281-1000.

Update 7-5-17 1249: We are still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the shooter or shooter’s vehicle in the road rage incident. There is reason to believe there were witnesses in the area that observed the incident, which occurred shortly after 2:00 am on June 28, 2017. If you have any information, please contact police dispatch 817-281-1000.


*location updated 7.5.17 – 1249 CK

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Mental Health Monday #MHM – PTSD Help

Back in March I wrote an article about PTSD and recognizing the symptoms and a very brief paragraph about how to reach out for help. The other morning we had a call, and I regretted that I had not put more focus on how to provide aid and support for a family member who has PTSD rather than just the symptoms. If you have a family member with PTSD, I need to start by saying I am sorry that I did not give you as much help as I might have.

I do need to provide a link to the original article because recognition of the symptoms are the first step. It can be found here:

Also, I have mentioned a couple of things that I need to bring up again quickly.

First, I have talked about cortisol and how that hormone, a result of stress, has enormous physical and mental consequences when it is not released; This bit of info ties into the next thing I need to refresh us all on.

Second, the amygdala is, along with the thalamus, the part of the brain that deals with fear, stress, and emotion. If the amygdala receives a threatening message from the thalamus, it sends out an emotional response.

Issues arise when cortisol is being continually dumped into the system. The brain begins adding additional connections in these parts which then trigger more depression, anxiety, stress, and hyper-reactivity while simultaneously reducing the ability of the brain to access the prefrontal cortex which is where we do our real thinking. More reactivity, less processing… see where this is heading?

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Whew, it sure took me a long time to get to what I said was going to be the focus, didn’t it? Sorry, but I feel like if we understand the “how” and “why ” we can wrap our heads around the “what” to do.

So what do family and friends do when they see someone they care about going through the symptoms we have discussed before?

Well, here is a pretty good list cobbled together from a few different sources:

  • Learn as much as you can about PTSD. Knowing how PTSD affects people may help you understand what your family member is going through. The more you know, the better you and your family can handle PTSD.
  • Offer to go to doctor visits with your family member. You can help keep track of medicine and therapy, and you can be there for support.
  • Tell your loved one you want to listen and that you also understand if he or she does not feel like talking.
  • Plan family activities together, like having dinner or going to a movie.
  • Take a walk, go for a bike ride, or do some other physical activity together. Exercise is important for health and helps clear your mind and also helps the body process cortisol.
  • Encourage contact with family and close friends. A support system will help your family member get through difficult changes and stressful times. People who have PTSD may isolate themselves which will significantly compound the problem.
  • Practice “mindfulness” or “Loving-Kindness” meditation techniques. It is ok to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Trying to suppress them means they will take control. Sure, maybe this seems pretty “sappy” or “granola, ” but it works. There are many videos on YouTube to guide you through this.

Your family member may not want your help. If this happens, keep in mind that withdrawal can be a symptom of PTSD. A person who withdraws may not feel like talking, taking part in group activities, or being around other people. Give your loved one space, but tell him or her that you will always be ready to help.

What if they get angry or have an outburst? Well, we all know it is nearly pointless to attempt a discussion when someone is overly upset. Here are some pointers:

  • If anger leads to violent behavior or abuse, it is dangerous. Go to a safe place and call for help right away. Make sure children are in a safe place as well.
  • It is hard to talk to someone who is angry. One thing you can do is set up a time-out system. This helps you find a way to talk even while angry. Here’s one way to do this.
  • Agree that either of you can call a time-out at any time.
  • Agree that when someone calls a time-out, the discussion must stop right then.
  • Decide on a signal you will use to call a time-out. The signal can be a word that you say or a hand signal.
  • Agree to tell each other where you will be and what you will be doing during the time-out. Tell each other what time you will come back.
  • While you are taking a time-out, don’t focus on how angry you feel. Instead, think calmly about how you will talk things over and solve the problem.

After you come back:

  • Take turns talking about solutions to the problem. Listen without interrupting.
  • Use statements starting with “I,” such as “I think” or “I feel.” Using “you” statements can sound accusing.
  • Be open to each other’s ideas. Don’t criticize each other.
  • Focus on things you both think will work. It is likely you will both have good ideas.
  • Together, agree which solutions you will use.

Finally, how can you communicate better?  We have discussed some of this in the past, but I found this great YouTube video that has the key ways to talk to someone in crisis: The Secrets of Hostage Negotiators.

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I hope this helps.  Again, it is something I wish I had included the first time around.


Please, don’t ignore a problem. If you have someone who needs help, call someone for help. Me, the VA, a rape crisis center, whomever. Just help that person find help or an outlet.

Take care,



Where to get help:


Other info:


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Major Crash 820 Toll Lanes – PR 17-12

Carissa Katekaru                                                 PR 17-12

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076



NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release


On Tuesday May 30, 2017 at approximately 6:15 pm, North Richland Hills Police Department was dispatched to the 6300 block of west bound Loop 820 TEXpress lanes regarding a major crash. Upon arrival, officers located a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that had significant damage.

The vehicle was occupied by three adults and two children. The driver, a 31 year old white male, was air lifted to an area hospital with serious head injuries. A 30 year old white female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and air lifted to an area hospital in critical, but stable, condition. The third adult passenger, a 32 year old white male, suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene. Two children, ages four and three, had been sitting in car seats and were released from the scene with no apparent injuries.

Initial crash investigation indicates this was a single vehicle crash. It appears the SUV swerved in an attempt to make the exit at Iron Horse Blvd, causing the vehicle to roll. West bound 820 TEXpress exit for Iron Horse Blvd remained closed for approximately one hour during the investigation.


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