Tulsa Police Identify Victim, Suspects In First Homicide Of 2016
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa police have released the name of the victim and two suspects connected to the first homicide of 2016.
Investigators said 19-year-old Kyle Stapleton was shot in the chest at the Cobblestone Apartments in the 4900 block of South 76th East Avenue at about 8:11 p.m. They say EMSA took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police originally identified the victim as Tyler, but confirmed it was Kyle.
They said marijuana was being sold in the apartment when a fight started.
Police said they are looking for 23-year-old Devan Mitchell and an unknown person. They were also looking for 24-year-old Jeremy Sykes but said he turned himself in Monday evening.
Through their investigation, police believe 23-year-old Boyd Evans was in contact with Stapleton and arranged for Sykes and Mitchell to meet and purchase marijuana from Stapleton.
They said during the meeting, something went wrong and a fight broke out.
The report says Stapleton was shot once with an unknown caliber handgun before Sykes and Mitchell left the scene.
Detectives said they believe there was a third person outside the apartment that was hiding his face with a mask.
Police said they have enough evidence to arrest Mitchell and Sykes for felony first-degree murder. They said they are also looking for Boyd to determine his involvement.
They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477.