Three persons of interest sought in connection to shooting death of Tulsa teen

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 22:18:39-04

TULSA - The Tulsa Police Department and Homicide detectives have received tips on two men in connection with the shooting death of a teen last week, and 3 persons of interest are being detained for questioning. 

TPD is questioning Eric Lopez, Jose Manuel and a girlfriend of Lopez in the shooting death of 18 year old Keely Birch who was found dead at the Addison Apartments in the 10000 block of E. Admiral on Thursday.

It was a little after 9:30 p.m. Thursday when police received a call to the Addison Apartments in regard to the shooting that left Birch dead.

Investigators say that Birch and a friend had an argument with the two men being sought and then the four left in separate cars. Later, police say, the two suspects returned, went into an apartment and retrieved a gun.

The investigation revealed that the suspects saw Birch driving out in a car, another altercation began and that Lopez began shooting into the car.

Police reports show that Birch was hit at least once and died at the scene. The suspects then fled on foot, officers say.

TPD says Lopez also has gone by the name of Eddie Lopez and Eric Josue Lopezmadera. Police say Manuel was the man with Lopez during the homicide.

Lopez will be arrested for the murder of Keely Birch. Detectives are still questioning the girlfriend of Lopez, Manual and have not determined if they will be arrested. 

Police believe that Lopez used Manuel's gun in the shooting. 

More information as it comes in. Stay with 2 Works for you on the air, on the app and online.


Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

Download our free app for Apple and Android and Kindle devices.

Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook