TULSA -- One man is dead and two men are behind bars following a North Tulsa shooting Sunday morning. Diter Westerheide, 50 and Fernado Ibarra, 21 have been arrested and are facing charges of first degree murder in connection to Tulsa's 66th homicide.
"Something was not right last night and you could just feel it in the air, I mean nothing was right."
Duane Neeley said two men shot and killed his friend, Brandon Mar, after leaving his North Tulsa home early Sunday morning.
"He was just leaving my house, going home and came up. He was about 30 seconds ahead of me, came up and all I saw was gun fire and a truck leaving. Walked up here and found him dead over there," said Neeley.
Neeley said he ran to find the 21 year-old victim's mother, Glenda Mar. after the suspects shot her son near the 1300 block of North Utica.
"I thought he was out here fixing his truck until Duane woke us up and said our son had passed away," said Mar.
Police believe Brandon Mar got into an altercation with the suspects, Westerheide and Ibarra, at a house near 1300 North Troost street, before he was shot with an assault rifle.
"We think our victim probably rattled the fence a little bit and our suspects turned rattles with gun fire," said Tulsa Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker.
Officers said they went back to the house on Troost, where the suspects returned and police took them into custody.
"If it was not for his friend being there and knowing who did it, I was scared that they may never have caught them," said Mar.
"I felt like if there would have been a 30 second window I would have either been right there with him or might not have been there at all or you just never know," said Neeley.
Police said they served a search warrant at the house on Troost and found items they believe link Westerheide and Ibarra to a burglary back in in August. During the search officers said they recovered guns, body armor and ammunition to an assault rifle. Police are still searching for the assault rifle used to kill Mar. They're asking those with any information to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596 COPS.
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