MULTIJURISDICTIONAL TASK FORCE:
On Friday, February 5th, 2021, members of the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office assisted Federal Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in executing a search warrant.
The search warrant was executed in the 900 block of U.S. Hwy 87, in the City of Smiley, Texas.
Caleb Nathaniel Oliver, 19, of Smiley, Texas was identified by federal agents, as a person of interest, in connection with the search warrant. The search warrant was executed without incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating this case for the unlawful possession of a machine gun.
Attached is the official press release from the Department of Justice.
For Immediate Release:
On Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 0924a.m., members of the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office responded to the 1300 block of County Road 302, for a call of a possible suicide victim.
Upon the arrival of deputies, a female individual was found to have suffered a gunshot injury to the upper torso area. The female victim was later identified as Dana H Tipps, 40, of San Marcos, Texas.
Gonzales County deputies and investigators assisted with processing and securing the scene. Gonzales County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attended to the victim who had succumbed to her injuries.
the victim was later pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct #1, Deidra Voigt. The deceased's next of kin were immediately notified upon securing the scene.
The cause of the shooting is still under investigation by the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, and pending an autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is ongoing.
Today, the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office mourns the loss of a former Deputy, Deputy Matthew D. Krupa, Badge #623.
Deputy Krupa was a native of Pennsylvania and relocated to Texas to pursue a career as a Texas Peace Officer.
After a career with the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Krupa became a Police Officer for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.
Tragedy struck out law enforcement family when Officer Krupa was involved in a fatal vehicle accident.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Krupa family, as we honor his memory and mourn his loss. The following is dedicated to Deputy Matthew Krupa #623.
"Running through the center of darkness lies the thin blue line of law enforcement. This line honors the heroes behind the badge. The good men and women who place themselves as a barrier for those in need. Night and day their bravery serves as a light in darkness."
-The Thin Blue Line
Today, the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office teamed up with several local law-enforcement, emergency services, and emergency management agencies in combating the COVID-19 virus.
The effort was to provide services for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was held today at the JB Wells Arena, and Expo Center.
Special thanks goes out to ALL the first responders who came together and worked collectively to assure the operation ran fluidly and efficiently!
Together, hundreds of vaccines were administered to the local community to help protect them from the COVID-19 virus!
Sheriff Matt Atkinson is proud to announce a new Crime Prevention Outreach Program. The GCSO supports our county Neighborhood Watch groups and encourages all our residents to participate in locally established programs if possible. The Sheriff is dedicated to assisting any local Neighborhood Watch group with the resources and guidance in the creation and implementation of a new or current program, and has purchased several signs and stickers that can be picked up the Sheriff’s Office free of charge.
The National Neighborhood Watch program is a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association focusing on “Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.” For those interested in more information on the National Neighborhood Watch or other crime prevention resources, Sheriff Atkinson encourages you to visit their website at nnw.org or gonzalescountysheriff.org. Anyone interested in picking up a Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch sticker for their home or business, or a placard for their fence or gate, can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 830.672.6524 and ask for Captain Dennis Jahns.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a two day training course presented by Texas Operation Lifesaver focusing on Rail Safety Education. This particular session was Law Enforcement specific and provided training on Grade Crossing Collision Investigations, as well as, safe and effective Railroad Incident Management for Law Enforcement. Attending the training along with Sheriff Atkinson, were officers with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales Police Department, Dewitt County Sheriff’s Office and Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office. Operation Lifesaver is nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at public and private rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Anyone interested in learning more about Operation Lifesaver can go to their website at oli.org.
Recently, the entire staff of the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office received training from Gonzales EMS on "Stop the Bleed;" which is a national awareness campaign to encourage people to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. As a part of the training, individual kits were provided to the Sheriff's Office for use by the Patrol Division. Pictured is Gonzales EMS Director Allen Linebrink, along with EMS personnel, presenting Stop the Bleed kits to Sheriff Matthew Atkinson and members of his staff.
Reward Increased for a Man Wanted in a
Murder Cold Case
by Gerald TracyThursday, February 14th 2019
The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for your help to solve a crime from nearly 20 years ago.
They say it's about the murder of John Holt, who was murdered June 25, 2000 in Gonzales County.
The husband and father was last seen arguing with his hired ranch hand, Miguel Angel Osorio-Munoz, who went by the name Cesar Alonso Osorio.
Witnesses said after the argument, Osorio-Munoz was seen fleeing the area.
Moments later, Holt was found dead from a gunshot wound.
Officials filed arrest warrant for the murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution but they have yet to find him.
Osorio-Munoz has not been seen since, but he's described as 5'5'' heavyset with brown hair and eyes, he would be 45 now.
If you have any information that could lead to his arrest, you can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous and could lead you to a $6,000 reward.
You can also submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).
Notice of Safety/Security GISD/Area Responder Cooperative Drill
Gonzales Independent School District has posted written notice to inform the community that on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, during the regularly scheduled Student Holiday/Staff Development day Gonzales ISD will hold a LOCKDOWN DRILL at East Avenue Primary. This drill is coordinated with area first responders who will be on scene for the duration of the drill.