Killeen Police Searching for Subject of False Shooting, Robbery Report
UPDATE 6-12-17: Police announced Monday, June 12 that Antoine McDaneils turned himself in to Killeen police and was released from the Killeen City Jail on $15,000 bond. He has been charged with making a false report to a peace officer, failure to identify himself, and illegal discharge of a firearm.
Killeen police are asking for the public's help locating a man who, along with two friends, allegedly falsified a report of a robbery and shooting in order to cover up an accidental shooting.
According to Killeen PD Public Affairs Officer Alex Gearhart, Antoine McDaniels (pictured above) accidentally shot himself in the leg at his apartment in the 700 block of North 45th Street on June 6.
Shortly after 8 PM that day, police met McDaniels and two other people - 23-year-old Mauricio Lugo and 21-year-old Andre Williams - at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights. The three reportedly told officers that McDaniels was shot during a robbery at the Walmart Super Center at 1400 Lowes Blvd. in Killeen. However, an investigation revealed that the report was false.
The three admitted to lying and said they'd thrown the gun with which McDaniels was injured into a field. With their help, police were able to recover the weapon.
Lugo and Williams were arrested and charged with making a false report to a peace officer. They are currently free on $5,000 bond each.
McDaniels fled from the hospital after being released and remained on the run Friday afternoon. He is wanted for making a false report to a peace officer, failure to identify, and the illegal discharge of a firearm.
According to Officer Gearhart, the Bell County District Attorney's Office may press additional charges of evidence tampering.
Detectives are asking anyone who may know where McDaniels is to contact the Killeen Police Department at (254) 501-8830, or Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477. Tips may also be submitted online at bellcountycrimestoppers.com or via the P3 Tips mobile app.
Information is anonymous and confidential, and a tip leading to an arrest and conviction could net a cash reward of up to $1,000.