Tulsa police say recent homicides are frustrating


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/25/2013 10:11 pm Published: 11/25/2013 5:36 pm


Tulsa police are having a hard time identifying a suspect in the murder of four people in a north Tulsa home Saturday night.

A fifth victim survived the shooting. Detectives say that since drugs are involved, witnesses aren’t cooperating.

Several of the murders in Tulsa this year were drug-related. Police say that presents two challenges: They hear a lot of lies from witnesses worried about getting in trouble for drugs, and others are too afraid to talk because of increasing violence in Tulsa’s drug trade.

“Shocking, and not really shocking; happens every day. Not really a shock,” said a neighbor and friend of the victims in Saturday night’s murder.

Out of fear of retaliation, he asked that FOX 23 not identify him.

“Every reaction has a reaction,” he said.

He thinks the murders were a contract killing to send a message. He says nobody is going to help police catch somebody who would send that kind of message.

“Somebody that has no emotions and no feelings; heartless,” he said.

Now, for the second time this year, TPD Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker is investigating the deaths of four people in a drug-related shooting.

“Nobody woke up that day expecting to be killed. I will guarantee you that. But that methamphetamine world, they’re not doing anything to get out of it,” said Walker.

He says they should, though, because he, too, thinks the drug runners in Tulsa are getting increasingly violent.

“I’m seeing it’s escalating. I’m seeing a lot more gunplay involved in this world, and the only thing we can tell the drug world is that we’re here to strap on our helmets and get after you, if that’s what you want,” he said.

While he says TPD is doing all it can to get after them, he hopes drug users who continue to become victims will get clean and get out. But the neighbor doesn’t think Walker will get any help catching the killer.

“People’s not talking. It’s because that’s very dangerous people that’s involved,” he said.

Walker says in a lot of these cases, drug users who witness crimes will only tell detectives lies, because they’re afraid of getting in trouble for their drug use. He says what they don’t understand, though, is that they’re going to be in far more trouble for lying and hiding the truth than just coming clean.


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Mayor Maynot - 11/26/2013 11:35 AM
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If you can't handle the job, quit.

Unwashed Mass - 11/25/2013 11:16 PM
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“I’m seeing it’s escalating. I’m seeing a lot more gunplay involved in this world, and the only thing we can tell the drug world is that we’re here to strap on our helmets and get after you” which is police escalating, which results in more escalation on the other side, and the cycle never ends.
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