Van, Guns Connected To Deadly Tulsa Shooting Recovered, Second Suspect In Custody

Wednesday, June 1st 2011, 7:05 pm
By: News On 6 & Tara Vreeland, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Police recovered a white van and dozens of weapons stolen during a robbery that led to a shootout in midtown Tulsa Tuesday.

Police say the incident began when Billy Joe Hamons and another man kidnapped someone in Prue and made off with a van and an unbelievable arsenal of weapons.

6/1/2011 Related Story: Tulsa Police ID Gunman In Tuesday's Fatal Shooting

Police and ATF agents found the van on North Cincinnati. Officers said a "significant" amount of weapons were found inside the van.

That led them to an abandoned home in the 1600 block of North Columbia Place Wednesday afternoon, where officers recovered 86 high powered guns and and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition.

"That amount in the hands of the wrong people is a concern," Sergeant Lou Sherman said.

A man and woman were arrested near 11th and Mingo. Investigators say the man is an ex-con who was just released from jail a month ago.

They haven't released the suspects' names but say the man is being held on a federal firearms charge.

Sergeant Dave Walker told News On 6 reporter Tara Vreeland that the man and woman were arrested on a unrelated case. ATF agents had a warrant out for the woman and through the investigation, they connected them to the midtown shooting spree.

Police strongly believe the male suspect they have in custody is Billy Joe Hamons' accomplice.

Tulsa Police said the weapons and the van have been turned over to the Osage County Sheriff's Office.

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