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Tulsa police assists FBI in deadly shooting Saturday

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Posted at 8:07 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 12:57:34-04

Tulsa police officers assisted at the scene of a fatal shooting in east Tulsa.

Officers responded to the area of East Admiral Place and North 193rd East Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

The victim of a fatal shooting has been identified as 42-year-old Daniel Morgan. The victim's family say Morgan is a member of a Native tribe and this happened in Creek Nation.

Since the landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma federal trial set a new precedent that major crimes involving a Native American on Native land need to be tried in federal court.

Police say the FBI is likely to take over the investigation because the suspect would be tried in a federal court.

Multiple witnesses told police they saw a car pull up to the house that Morgan was in. Morgan then came outside and approached the car, that's when the suspect shot the victim and drove off. Morgan ran to the side of the residence before collapsing, police said he died on scene from his injuries.

Tulsa police worked to secure the scene and gathered statements before the case transferred over to the FBI.

Sgt. JP Ward with the Tulsa Police Department told 2 Works for You, “This is I believe the third one we’ve had like that so we’re still kind of feeling the procedures and getting used to the changes that we had to react to after the supreme court ruling."

Attorney Carly Griffith said, "so before this McGirt decision came out we were looking at crimes that were committed on reservations we didn’t see in those areas cross deputization agreements and tribal law enforcement frequently didn’t have resources to fully investigate. By allowing tribes to allocate investigative resources we see a lot better opportunity to bring justice for these families”

Tulsa police said they gathered multiple witness statements and have a strong lead on a suspect.

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