DUNCANVILLE POLICE RESPOND TO DEADLY DOMESTIC SHOOTING

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

June 20, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Sunday, June 19, 2022, at approximately 9:43 PM, Duncanville Police Officers were dispatched to a shooting with injury call in the 1000 block of Hayworth Avenue in Duncanville, Texas. Upon arrival, officers found a thirty-five-year-old male lying motionless in a driveway from an apparent gunshot wound and a thirty-six-year-old female with an apparent gunshot wound to her left arm.

The preliminary investigation determined an argument ensued when another male, thirty-six years of age, dropped off his teenage daughter at her home, where she resides with her mother, the female gunshot victim, and her mother’s boyfriend, the male gunshot victim. During the argument, both males produced handguns, and multiple shots were fired. The thirty-six-year-old male was taken into custody for family violence. The thirty-five-year-old male was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center Hospital by a DeSoto Fire Department ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased. The female was also transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center Hospital, where she received care for a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.

This incident will be referred to a Dallas County Grand Jury.

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DUNCANVILLE POLICE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPOND QUICKLY TO POTENTIAL ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

Duncanville, Texas – On Monday, June 13, 2022, at approximately 8:43 AM, Duncanville Police Department began receiving calls concerning an armed individual and shots fired at the Fieldhouse, 1700 S. Main Street, Duncanville. Duncanville Police Officers were on the scene by 8:45 AM and immediately began a search of the building.

Officers quickly located and exchanged gunfire with a suspect armed with a handgun. The suspect was wounded during the exchange.

Officers immediately rendered first aid before being transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The summer camp for 4 to 14-year-olds was beginning its second week with an average attendance of over 250 campers and staff. Camp and Fieldhouse staff followed lockdown procedures. Due to the clear-headed actions of staff and the quick response time of law enforcement, there were no additional injuries.

Duncanville ISD assisted by providing safe transportation for children, moving them by school bus from the Fieldhouse to the Duncanville Recreation Center, which was established as a reunification center. As of this release, all the children have been picked up by parents or guardians.

As is standard protocol with any officer-involved shooting, and in the interest of transparency, the Duncanville Police Department has asked that the Texas Department of Public Safety take over this investigation. The results of their findings will be released as soon as they have completed their work.

Duncanville Police officers followed their training, and the City commends them for their actions today.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES NAME OF PERSON INVOLVED IN FIELDHOUSE SHOOTING

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

JUNE 14, 2022

Duncanville, Texas – On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Duncanville Police Department confirmed the identity of the person involved in the shooting incident that took place at the Fieldhouse on Monday, June 13, 2022. The suspect has been identified as Brandon Keith Ned, born May 22, 1980, and a resident of Dallas, Texas.

Due to the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Duncanville Police Department will not be releasing any additional information about the suspect or the shooting incident at this time.

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DUNCANVILLE NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION LEADS TO SEIZURE OF APPROXIMATELY $10 MILLION IN ILLEGAL NARCOTICS

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

JUNE 3, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Thursday, June 2, 2022, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Duncanville Police Department’s Narcotics and SWAT units, with the assistance of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, executed a narcotics evidentiary search warrant at 5512 S. Cockrell Hill Road, in the City of Dallas, Texas.

Over the last couple of months, the Duncanville Police Department’s Narcotics unit has been conducting a thorough investigation of the location after receiving a tip of illegal narcotics activity.

During the initial execution of the search warrant, four adults and one juvenile were detained without further incident.  Two detainees will face Federal level narcotics charges while the other subjects were determined to be uninvolved with the investigated activity.

During the search, investigators located several black plastic pallets commonly used to conceal methamphetamine, as well as quantities of powder and drums of liquid methamphetamine that were being processed for crystallization.  Investigators confirmed the small plastic voids within the body of the plastic pallets contained quantities of methamphetamine, covered with black epoxy to conceal the contents.

In total, the investigators seized approximately 250 kilograms of methamphetamine (both powdered and liquid), 30 pounds of marijuana, 3 firearms, and one stolen vehicle. The estimated street value of all the seized illegal narcotics is approximately $10 million.

Members of the DEA Dallas Field Division’s Clandestine Lab Team and other personnel from the DEA Dallas Field Division were notified and assisted in processing the scene.

Duncanville Shooting

May 12, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at approximately 11:17 p.m., Duncanville Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a shooting with injuries at the 1300 block of West Camp Wisdom Road, in the City of Duncanville, Texas. The initial 911 caller advised someone had been shot and the victim was inside a vehicle on the roadway. Within minutes, officers arrived and discovered a single wrecked vehicle. Outside the vehicle were two adult males, each suffering from single apparent gunshot wounds. Officers directed medical assistance to the males. Both males were transported by a Duncanville Fire Department ambulance to Methodist Dallas Medical Center in stable condition.

The shooting victims advised they were shot by two males in a separate vehicle. A description of that vehicle or the suspects is unknown at this time. There were no other witnesses on the scene.

The Duncanville Police Department does not believe there is an ongoing risk to the public. This incident appears to have stemmed from a disturbance between the involved parties.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 4.

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Missing Person Update

April 21, 2022

The Duncanville Police Department initially responded to a call concerning Juanita Rodriguez as a missing person on Monday, April 18, 2022. On that date, Duncanville police officers were unable to substantiate circumstances that would indicate Ms. Rodriguez’s disappearance was anything but voluntary based on information provided by the reporting party. The requirements for filing Ms. Rodriguez as a Missing Person did not meet the criteria outlined by Duncanville departmental regulation or Texas State law.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Ms. Rodriguez’s family contacted the Duncanville Police Department with new details. Ms. Rodriguez was immediately submitted as a Missing Person with the Texas Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (TCIC/NCIC) databases. An investigation was initiated at this time.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 3:42 p.m., Dallas Police Department released the following information via a press release:

“On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 2:32 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a call regarding a body at 3000 S. Ledbetter Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a body wrapped in a plastic trap on the side of the street. Homicide detectives, Crime Scene, Dallas County Medical Examiner field agents responded and processed the scene.  The race, gender, cause of death, and identity of the victim were pending based on the medical examiner’s autopsy.

“On April 21, the victim was identified as 54-year-old Juanita Rodriguez. This unexplained death has been reclassified as a murder based on the medical examiner’s autopsy which determined the victim died from a gunshot wound. Rodriguez was reported missing by her family on Saturday, April 16 to the Duncanville Police Department. On Monday, April 18, 2022, Rodriguez’s vehicle was found by Dallas Police abandoned on Navy Avenue.” https://dpdbeat.com/2022/04/21/homicide-at-3000-s-ledbetter-drive/

The Duncanville Police Department wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Juanita Rodriguez.

The motive and circumstances surrounding this murder are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Valdez at (214) 671-3623. Future inquiries may be sent to the Dallas Police Department.

Related: Missing Person

Missing Person

On 04/18/2022, Duncanville police officers were dispatched to a call for service in the 300 block of Charlotte Street regarding a missing person, who was later identified as Juanita Elena Rodriguez, a white female born on 06/24/1967. After contacting the initial caller, officers were informed Juanita Rodriguez left her house on 04/15/2022 and had not returned. Family members of Juanita Rodriguez advised it was not uncommon for her to leave her home and not return for days at a time. Officers instructed the caller to contact the police with further updates or concerns about Juanita Rodriguez as they were available.

On 04/19/2022, officers were recontacted and provided additional information regarding this missing person. Officers were informed that Juanita Rodriguez’s vehicle had been recovered by Dallas Police Department, but she has still not been located. Furthermore, Jaunita Rodriguez did not report to work on 04/18/2022 and 04/19/2022. Duncanville officers entered Juanita Rodriguez into the TCIC/NCIC database as a missing person.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about Juanita Elena Rodriguez’s whereabouts should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 ext 4.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about Juanita Elena Rodriguez’s whereabouts should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 ext 4.

DIESEL FUEL THEFTS INCREASE AS FUEL PRICES RISE

Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, a Duncanville gas station owner met with police officers concerning the theft of diesel fuel. Several thousand gallons of diesel fuel were reportedly stolen from the station’s pumps on several dates since early February. The February thefts seemed to have occurred when the station, located at 1411 North Duncanville Road, was closed. Since the Duncanville Police Department was made aware of these theft offenses, the gas station has not reported being further victimized by similar crimes.

Detectives are working with local and state officials to develop leads to these and similar thefts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area.

Fuel may become a more attractive commodity due to recent cost increases. Citizens knowing of anyone selling any type of fuel from a place other than a state-regulated gas station should contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/fmq/fmqcomplaints.htm), the Texas Comptrollers Office (https://comptroller.texas.gov/), or their local police department immediately.

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SHOOTING DURING A MAJOR DISTURBANCE IN DUNCANVILLE

Duncanville, TX – On Saturday, March 26, 2022, at approximately 3:47 a.m., Duncanville Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a major disturbance at Deerchase Condos at 611 Oriole Boulevard, in the City of Duncanville, Texas. The 911 caller advised hearing what sounded like a physical disturbance between a male and a female and then heard what the caller described as five to six gunshots. Within minutes of receiving the initial call for service, officers arrived and discovered a male in the parking lot suffering from multiple apparent gunshot wounds. Officers directed medical assistance to the male. A Duncanville Fire Department ambulance transported the male to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries and is currently in ICU.

Responding officers identified an involved female, several possible witnesses, and confiscated a firearm believed to have been used during the incident.

We do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the public. This incident appears to have stemmed from a previous relationship between a male and a female. The female was treated for minor injuries at the scene by paramedics.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident should contact Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 4.

Duncanville City Manager Names New Chief of Police

2021 - LiVigni, MarkDuncanville, TX (January 10, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced the permanent appointment of Mark LiVigni as Chief of Police. Mr. LiVigni has been a member of the Duncanville Police Department since 1993, most recently serving as Interim Police Chief since March of 2021.

After vetting twenty-six candidates down to three finalists who went through a battery of interviews, including a community meet and greet, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides selected Mark LiVigni as the new Chief of Police.

“Both Chief LiVigni’s professionalism and commitment to our City made him an ideal choice for permanent appointment as our Chief of Police,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am genuinely excited to see his vision for our police department become a reality and have a positive impact on the lives of Duncanville’s residents.”

“I have had the honor of working alongside Mark for many years now,” Assistant City Manager and former Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. added. “I am confident that our new Chief of Police will innovate and elevate the Duncanville Police Department.”

Chief LiVigni, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has more than twenty-eight years of policing experience, all serving the citizens of Duncanville. He has served in every sworn rank of the department and is only the second individual in the department’s history to have done so with this appointment. He is also a graduate of several high-level professional training courses, including the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management in Policing training of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Executive Leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

Chief LiVigni said, “I could not be more excited, honored, yet humbled to serve this diverse City of Champions as its Chief of Police. The men and women of the Duncanville Police Department are committed to providing the best police service possible to the citizens of this great city. Collectively, we will work to make a good department even better. I appreciate our city management team’s confidence and that of our mayor and city council members.”

“I and the Duncanville City Council, as representatives of the residents of our fine City, are pleased that Duncanville will have a continuity of the type of quality service our great Police Department has always provided,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Mark LiVigni’s commitment to our fine men and women in uniform and our community make his selection one I and City Council can stand behind with great confidence.”

A formal Swearing-In ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Police Chief LiVigni recently promoted Matthew Stogner to serve as Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification. He is a graduate of the Senior Management in Policing Program from the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Matthew Stogner has most recently served as S.W.A.T. Commander and has been an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant during his 22-year career.