East Tulsa murder suspect released from hospital, booked into jail

Posted at 11:47 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-14 18:34:31-04

TULSA – Police have released the name of a man fatally shot last Wednesday morning in east Tulsa.

Police say Kyle Thomas died after being shot and left at a Tulsa QuikTrip near 11th and Garnett Wednesday morning.

Authorities identified Michael Jester as the suspect who led police on a short pursuit Wednesday evening. 

Tulsa police say that Jester could be connected to the death of a man who was found at a QuikTrip near 11th and Garnett early Wednesday morning.

The driver who brought the bleeding man to the QuikTrip told authorities that he was near 4th and Garnett around 6:30 a.m. when he heard shots, then noticed the bleeding man.

Not long after the fatal shooting, Tulsa police say, Jester was discovered as a potential suspect. Authorities staked out at a house where Jester was believed to be located, however, Jester was able to escape in a vehicle with a woman.

A chase with police ensued and eventually ended near 58th and South Garnett, where he jumped out of the car. The woman who was driving, Cierra Hughes, continued past police until she was stopped at the 11000th block of East 61st Street. Tulsa police say they discovered an assault rifle with Hughes, who is pictured below. 

Through the combined efforts of K-9 officers, helicopters, agents with the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force and fugitive warrant officers, Jester was found hiding in a trailer full of dirty clothes.

Tulsa police say the temperature in the trailer was around 140 degrees. So, after being arrested Jester was taken to a nearby hospital.

Jester is now facing one count of first-degree murder and additional charges.