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Broken Arrow police identify victim, suspect from Sunday night homicide

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 23:29:48-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla — Broken Arrow police have identified the victim of a homicide that happened on Sunday.

Officers received a call a little before 8 p.m. on Sunday saying multiple gunshots were heard in south Broken Arrow. When authorities arrived at 104 W. Waco Place, they found a man dead with several gunshot wounds.

The victim was later identified as 46-year-old Paul Stephen Bernius IV.

BAPD received information about the shooting that eventually led to the arrest of 21-year-old Cody William O'Bryan. He was taken into custody at a residence in Jenks. He's now facing a first-degree murder charge.

Court documents show Bernius and O’Bryan knew each other. Bernius filed a petition for a protective order against O’Bryan last Friday. In the petition, Bernius said O’Bryan rented a room in his home. Bernius detailed multiple incidents where he said he felt fearful and threatened by O’Bryan. Bernius said he gave O’Bryan notice to vacate the property, but that he refused. The protective order was dismissed.

Broken Arrow police said they were familiar with this house.

“We’ve been out to this house several times," said Chris Walker, public information officer for Broken Arrow Police Dept. "It’s a known address to us. And the other neighbors knew about it. Knew there were issues there.”

O’Bryan is no stranger to law enforcement in Rogers County too. Sheriff Scott Walton told 2 News Oklahoma that he’s had a couple of run-ins with O’Bryan and wasn’t surprised by his arrest.

O’Bryan has multiple cases in Rogers County, including two other protective orders filed against him - one was granted while the other was dismissed. And a criminal felony case, where his charges include assault and battery of a police officer, resisting an officer and obstructing an officer. The preliminary hearing for that case is set for November.

The investigation is currently ongoing.

This is a developing story. We'll continue to update as we learn more.

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