One person arrested in Muskogee during homicide investigation

Posted at 5:25 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 19:18:22-05

MUSKOGEE, Okla. --   Muskogee Police are investigating it’s first homicide of the year. Police arrested 30 year-old Daryl Thomas Jr. on Tuesday for allegedly shooting and killing 30 year-old Fantasia Williams.

"This neighborhood is really quiet, I lived here for about 3 to 5 years and nothings really seemed to happened," said Neighbor Donna Butterfield.
  Muskogee resident Donna Butterfield said she couldn’t believe Muskogee’s only homicide this year, happened next door to her home this morning.

 “There’s a lot of drugs in Muskogee and stuff like that, but as far as shootings and killings, no,” said Butterfield.

 “It’s terrible that we would have that happen right here in our small community,” said Resident Ronda Engelbrecht.

  Police said the shooting happened sometime before 2 am at a home near the 700 block of north 5th street. When officers got to the house, they saw an open door and evidence of a crime. Police later learned, Daryl Thomas Jr. was the man they needed to talk to.

 “One of our community officers got some information and was able to make contact with the suspect on the phone,” said Muskogee Police Department PIO Lincoln Anderson.

 Police said Thompson agreed to meet up with them, at an area in Tullahassee where police found Williams’ body in a car.

 “At that point they took him into custody without any incident,” said Anderson.

  Williams' sister said the mother of two was in a relationship with Thomas. Butterfield said she just hopes the family can have peace.

 “I pray for the kids,” said Butterfield.

“It’s really sad, our prayers go out to their family,” Engelbrecht.

 Police said Thomas has been booked into Muskogee County Jail on complaints of first degree murder.



This is Muskogee's first homicide of 2016. Other cities in northeastern Oklahoma have witnessed increasing homicide numbers. Tulsa has seen near record-breaking numbers in 2016, tying the year with 2009's 71 homicides.

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