Claremore police investigate homicide after alleged robbery Tuesday morning

Posted at 8:58 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 19:16:22-04

A 22-year-old Claremore man was shot dead this morning after police said his home was the target of a robbery.

Police are still searching for the person responsible as some neighbors in the area remain frightened. It happened near the 600 block of south Maryland Ave just after 2 a.m., according to police.

“It’s really shocking and terrifying to be honest,” Trey Palinskee, a neighbor said.

He said the incident has turned his quiet neighborhood upside down.

“It’s really getting more dangerous over here and I think there's more violence going on everywhere now,” Gwen Noble, a neighbor said.

News of a possible murder spread from home to home, and worry escalated as the day grew old.

“My grandparents live right there,” Palinskee said. “My great grandmother and uncle live back a street over. It's a quiet neighborhood and this is crazy."

Claremore Police gathered at the scene early this morning after someone made a report about a possible home invasion.

“I just see cops and investigators and OSBI out and so I'm trying to figure out what's going on,” Noble said.

Upon arrival, 22-year-old Dakota Rex was found dead by police, while three others, who were home at the time, were taken in for questioning

“They have not named anybody at this point so we have at least three unidentified suspects,” Deputy Chief Steve Cox of the Claremore Police Department said.

Claremore police, with the assistance of OSBI, is now working diligently to find whoever is responsible.

“We would let our citizens know that they are safe right now.” Chief Deputy Cox said. “This is not an active situation in this area.”

As the city of Claremore experiences its first homicide this year, residents said they are devastated.

“I just want the family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them today,” Noble said.

Claremore police is urging anyone with information to contact the police department.

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