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Police identify suspect, victim in shooting death at Mohawk Manor

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 18:35:49-05

TULSA - Tulsa Homicide detectives have identified the suspect in the north Tulsa shooting that took one man's life Friday morning.

Stephon Wytch, 22, is the man authorities are accusing of shooting a man in the chest Friday at Mohawk Manor. The victim, Julius Templeton, 25, died later at the hospital, according to authorities.

Several law enforcement divisions surrounded an apartment Friday but didn't find the suspect.

But they believe it was the safest thing to do.

“Yeah we looked out the window and there was cops everywhere and blocked off our whole area so that was kinda scary,” said Mohawk Manor resident Breeanna McCort.

It's not the type of morning stay-at-home mom Breeanna McCort had envisioned.

When police told her to stay inside, she knew things were serious.

“I was worried about gunfire. Like it could go through our wall or something. That was really the only concern I had,” she said.

But concerns were growing for police.

Officers traced Wytch back to an apartment near McCort's...they saw his car parked outside.

They stood there for two hours...waiting for him to walk out.

“There's an individual who's deceased as a result of his actions so yes I would consider him dangerous,” said Tulsa Police Spokesperson Officer Leland Ashley.

When officers finally barged in just after 1 p.m., Ashley says the apartment was empty.

“We have to take precautions because not only are we thinking about the officers, but the innocent citizens that could easily be injured, and also the suspect,” he said.

Now the hunt continues for Wytch.

His victim, Templeton, leaves behind a 7-year-old son.

McCort is glad her family wasn't hurt...but the concern of a killer on the loose remains.

“If someone was wrongfully killed, justice should be served for that,” she said.

Police believe Wytch is armed and dangerous.

You're asked to call Tulsa Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS if you have any information.

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