17-Year-Old Dies In Accidental Shooting, Tulsa Police Say


Monday, August 15th 2022, 4:09 pm



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A 17-year-old has died after what Tulsa police say was an accidental shooting. 

Tulsa Police say 21-year-old Oscar Zermeno has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail facing a charge of second-degree manslaughter. Lt. Brandon Watkins says police were called to a shopping center near 21st and Garnett Sunday night for an accidental shooting. 

Watkins says four people were inside of a car messing around with a gun. He says Zermeno thought the gun wasn't loaded when it went off and hit 17-year-old Jordan Esteban in the head. Esteban was taken to a hospital and died a few hours later. 

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Watkins says Zermeno claimed responsibility for the shooting and was taken into custody. 

"It's the worst conceivable thing that can happen, if somebody is handling a gun and doesn't really know what they are doing, it's a tragedy," Watkins said. 

Watkins says the two other people in the car at the time of the shooting were not hurt. 

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