SWAT team captures homicide suspect

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Sheriff's authorities assisted a Williamson County SWAT team, the Department of Public Safety and several other agencies in capturing a 32-year-old suspect wanted in a Williamson County homicide investigation, officials said.

The incident unfolded around 10:20 p.m. Feb. 1, when Williamson County officials requested BCSO assistance with a suspect in the 7400 block of east CR 243.

“Williamson County had tracked the vehicle to that location and requested our assistance,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Jett said.

“It was in the middle of the night. We did shutdown 243 for a little while,” he said. “We were told he was a suspect in a homicide involving a firearm.

“We don't know why he was in Burnet County,” Jett added.

The suspect was identified as Archie Samuel Rogers, Jr. of Bartlett. Bartlett Police believe he shot and killed 22-year-old Stormie Devon Callison at a residence in the 600 block of Jackson Street.

While in Burnet County, authorities shutdown the roadway for about a two-hour period, alerted resident and deployed a Williamson County drone before advancing on the suspect.

“We did use reverse 911 to notify people in the area,” he said. “We tried to make contact with him with a BCSO negotiator, but couldn't make contact with him, so we waited.

“As SWAT moved in, the man surrendered,” he said. Rogers was taken to the Williamson County Jail. As of Feb. 5, he remained in jail with a $500,000 surety bond for a murder charge.

One lesson from the event involved the agency's protocol to alert nearby residents of possible danger.

Jett asked residents with cell phones who may not have been reached to consider registering for emergency notification.

The so-called reverse 9-1-1 system notifies residents of hazardous situations, emergencies, disasters and dangers to the public.

“It's pretty easy to (reverse 9-1-1) landlines, but people who only have cell phones, it's more difficult unless the cell phone owners are registered,” he said.

Those who register can sign up for phone, email and/or text alerts.

Go to www.warncentraltexas.org to register.

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