On the 26th of September 2016 at approximately 1:30 P.M., Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant (Manufacture/Delivery of Methamphetamine) on Joe William Petty, White/Male 51 years of age at 1014 Bluebonnet. Once investigators identified themselves and their purpose, Petty retreated into his residence and locked the door. Investigators then requested the assistance of the Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office. A perimeter was established around the residence and repeated attempts to call Petty outside of the residence was met with his refusal. The Big Spring Police Department / Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to assist. Once the SWAT Team approached the door, Petty immediately exited the residence and surrendered. Petty was arrested and charged with the felony warrant.
On the 24th of September at approximately 9:45 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Gregg St. in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian. Upon officers and EMS arrival the pedestrian, Daniel James Lafler White/Male 69 years of age, was found to have succumbed to the injuries sustained. The investigation has revealed that Lafler had entered the roadway from a parking lot on the east side of the 1800 block of S. Gregg St. travelling westbound at which time the vehicle (Black in color 2007 Dodge Pickup), which was travelling northbound, struck Lafler. Big Spring Police Department officers has found no fault of the driver of the vehicle in this accident. Lafler had entered the roadway outside of a crosswalk and the vehicle had the right-of-way. This tragedy has been hard for all parties involved. The Big Spring Police Department reminds our citizens to always look both ways and use designated cross walks before crossing a roadway.
Thomas Hunter Steinhoff
White/Male, 22 years of age
Warrant:Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2
Thomas Steinhoff was wanted for the shooting of Michael Nall which occurred on the 17th of August 2016 at 1007 S. Scurry. Steinhoff turned himself in at approximately 4:00 A.M. this morning.
On the 14th of August 2016 at approximately 8:55 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 423 Westover in reference to a gunshot victim. Big Spring Fire Department and EMS also responded and found the victim was deceased. The victim was identified as Sonya Michelle Drake White/Female 56 Years of age. The Criminal Investigations Division investigated this incident as a Homicide under suspicious circumstances based on the scene and interviews of family and friends that were close to Mrs. Drake. After analyzing information, processing the scene and receiving a final autopsy report along with a toxicology report it has been determined that this was not a homicide. Although we understand why initial reports to dispatch indicated Mrs. Drake had been shot, this has been found to not be accurate. It is found that Mrs. Drake had died of an acute combined drug intoxication “overdose”, & Hypertensive cardiovascular disease, and after the fact suffered postmortem animal predation. To address some of the rumors regarding this investigation there was no “protective order” or “restraining order” regarding Mrs. Drake’s boyfriend. There had been a Criminal Trespass Warning which had been rescinded as Mrs. Drake and her boyfriend had worked out their differences and he was allowed back into the residence. The boyfriend was also cooperative with this investigation, volunteering information and consenting to a search of himself and his vehicle the night of the incident. This investigation has been difficult for the family of Mrs. Drake and out of respect for them we will not go into any further details regarding their loved one.
On the 17th of August 2016 at approximately 10:07 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to 1007 S. Scurry in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival a male subject identified as Michael Nall 37 years of age was located outside of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. EMS personnel provided medical aid and transported Nall to the VA Hospital landing zone to meet with an Air Evac helicopter. From the VA Hospital Nall was flown to Odessa Medical for treatment to his injuries sustained. Preliminary reports suggest the shooter is known by the residents of 1007 S. Scurry and the shooter had arrived at the residence with the intent of shooting Nall. The Big Spring Police Department Investigations Division is actively investigating this incident and are following up on leads. We will not be providing any additional information to this incident as this investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information regarding this incident please call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net