Man found dead in local creek was suspect in random shooting

A man whom a resident found dead in a creek near several local county offices was the same man wanted by police for firing randomly as he ran through Killeen neighborhoods a week ago. (Photo by Brandon Hamilton)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A man whom a resident found dead in a creek near several local county offices was the same man wanted by police for firing randomly as he ran through Killeen neighborhoods a week ago.

Police confirmed Thursday that the body was that of Nathan Erick Nance, 43.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of his death.

Someone walking along Nolan Creek near Priest Drive found the body at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and called police.

Bell County’s Pct. 4 constable’s office, vehicle registration office, Indigent Health Services office and Adult Probation office are all in the same area.

Authorities had been looking for Nance since Oct. 10 when he ran through Killeen neighborhoods after opening fire at the Bridgewater Retreat apartment complex.

Officers were dispatched to the complex in the 600 block of West Hallmark Avenue at around 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 10 after callers reported that a man was firing a handgun.

As they responded, callers reported that the man, whom police later identified as Nathan Erick Nance, 43, was running toward the north and was randomly shooting his handgun, police said in a press release Thursday afternoon.

Officers established a perimeter in the area and notified the Killeen ISD to ensure the safety of students waiting for buses in the area.

“KISD’s quick and full cooperation allowed us to get all of the kids to safety and out of the area in question.”

“After an exhaustive search for Nance occurred without locating him, it was called off while the criminal investigation continued,” police said.

No one was injured.