August Sanders

August Sanders is charged with murder in connection to a July 17 shooting in Temple.

A Fort Hood man faces a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting in Temple on Saturday morning, authorities announced Monday.

August Shaton Sanders, 26, was arrested Saturday in the shooting death of Dewayne Hambrick, 48, Temple Police Department spokeswoman Alejandra Arreguin said. Sanders remained in the Bell County Jail on Monday in lieu of a $150,000 bond for the first-degree felony charge, records showed.

The slaying — Temple’s fourth homicide of 2021 — occurred at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of Shallow Ford West Road in Temple.

Sanders was initially detained on Saturday and taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple for medical clearance before he was transported to the county jail.

Arreguin did not say what led to the shooting death of Hambrick.

“The suspect was on scene and detained that night,” she said.

Officers are also investigating two recent Temple shootings, including one that occurred last Tuesday at the intersection of Shallow Ford Road and Shallow Ford West Road — the same road as in the Saturday homicide.

In that incident, a motorist’s vehicle was struck from behind and the parties involved got out. A suspect from the other vehicle fired a shot at a man and drove away in the victim’s vehicle. That man was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Temple Police on Friday released a photo of a suspect in that shooting.

Anyone with information can contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477, where callers can report anonymously.

Young adult suspects

Young adults and juveniles have been involved in recent Temple shootings, including a shooting last month that left three people injured, Arreguin said.

The June 26 incident occurred at about 2:37 p.m. outside Club Paradise in the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Lane. Those injured in the shooting were taken to Baylor, Scott & White hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

“While recent shootings are still under investigation, TPD has seen an increase in the number of crimes involving juveniles,” Arreguin told the Telegram earlier this month. “The shooting that occurred June 26, 2021, near Club Paradise involved young adults. The shooting victim from June 5, 2021, is a 19-year-old male and the shooting victim from May 15, 2021, is a 16-year-old male.”

The department is patrolling all areas of town, including areas where violent crimes have occurred, she said.

“Officers do proactively check high-crime areas to ensure the safety of neighborhoods,” Arreguin said.

Temple officers are continuing community-oriented policing efforts to help deter crime, she said.

“Community policing is at the heart of everything TPD does,” she said. “Outside of the COPS Unit, every officer is expected to engage with the community and strengthen relationships between the department and our residents. Community policing is not limited to one area, but it is a city-wide effort.”

2021 homicides

So far, four homicides have been recorded in Temple in 2021. On Jan. 16, Roderick Harris, 38, was shot at about 7:45 p.m. in the 600 block of East Young Avenue. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White, where he later died from his injuries.

Authorities arrested 31-year-old Elizabeth Renee Moore, 26-year-old Concepcion Quinones and 18-year-old Deon Le Felland for their roles in the death of Harris.

An arrest affidavit said Harris fatally shot in retaliation after his son allegedly bought marijuana with counterfeit money, according to arrest affidavits for three suspects charged with murder in the slaying.

On Feb. 24, Claire Hernandez, 19, was shot and killed in a teenager’s vehicle that occurred at about 12:19 a.m. in the 1800 block of East French Avenue.

Christopher James DeLeon Jr., 18, charged with murder, initially claimed that a drive-by attacker was responsible before he admitted his role to officers, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers who arrived at the scene located Hernandez suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple where she died about an hour later.

On March 2, Cobe Hilliard, 20, was shot at about 12:56 a.m. when someone fired from another vehicle near the intersection of South Martin Luther King Jr. and South 24th Street. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple and died from his wounds hours later.

Temple Police investigated seven homicides in 2020.