Tipsters assisted Oklahoma City police in identifying and arresting a man wanted for murder. Police said Dezvonte Jackson, 23, gunned down a former classmate outside a Bricktown night club last Saturday.
Investigators filed an arrest warrant for the suspect on Tuesday and had him in custody a short time later.
Citizens identified Jackson after police posted photos of him on social media.
One witness recalled the scene when bullets went flying across a Bricktown parking lot.
“I was sitting over there, right there on the steps and all I heard was about 10 to 15 shots,” said Rod, witness. “(I) Saw a guy laying on the ground, he started breathing for his life. I prayed for him.”
According to an arrest warrant, 24-year-old Demonte Semmions was unresponsive when police got there and died at the scene. Officers found a handgun on Semmions. Police believe he got the weapon from someone just before the shootout.
Investigators watched surveillance video of a fight that led up to the shooting.
“It appears there was a physical altercation between the suspect and the victim prior to the victim being shot,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “They exchanged words, they fought briefly and at some point, shots were fired.”
Police said Jackson ran from the scene after Semmions was hit. That was not the first time he has run from the law. Jackson was involved in a pursuit with police last August. He was tracked down by K9s in a metro backyard.
“He was hopping fences,” said Louis Arevalo, witness. “They think he was dumping drugs, or weapons, or anything he had.”
Jackson was booked into jail again, this time for one complaint of first-degree murder.
Investigators do not know what started the initial fight before the shooting but learned Jackson and the victim knew each other from school.