Tulsa murder suspect turns himself in after a day of running from the law

Tuesday, January 17th 2006, 3:28 pm
By: News On 6

A Tulsa murder suspect is behind bars after turning himself in Tuesday evening.

Tulsa Police were on his trail since Tuesday morning. Police officers even surrounded a home in the 200 block of East Virgin for five hours, but had no luck.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says police questioned 23-year old Antonio Brewer Tuesday evening after he turned himself in.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Brewer slipped away after witnesses spotted him. Tulsa Police put his description out all over town. Investigators tell the News on 6, that pressure is one of the reasons he surrendered.

Antonio Brewer had been wanted since January 1st for a fatal shooting outside an east Tulsa motel.

Pressure intensified on Brewer, who was already on the run, after police say he shot at an officer early Tuesday morning during a routine traffic stop. The traffic stop turned into a short chase, which ended in a traffic accident. Brewer fled the scene. Police linked the shooting to Brewer and the search led them to a home on Virgin.

Tulsa Police Captain Eric Dalgleish: "They came out to this location, kept eyes on the house and again, developed information that he was inside the house." Police surrounded the house for five hours, hoping for a peaceful end to what they thought was a standoff with an armed and dangerous felon. The special ops team called for Brewer to come out and fired tear gas but when they went in, Brewer was gone. During the standoff, a nearby Tulsa elementary school was placed on lock down.

Based on a tip to the Crimestoppers' hotline, officers rushed to the Normandy Apartments on East 38th. Tulsa Police surrounded the complex and looked for Brewer, but say they just missed him again. An hour later, he showed up at police headquarters downtown.

Brewer was released from prison a few months ago after serving five years for possession of a stolen car. He now faces charges of shooting with intent to kill and first degree murder.