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17-year-old victim identified in fatal BA expressway gunfight; police seek witnesses

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Tulsa police indicated that the shooting scene stretched in the eastbound lanes of the Broken Arrow Expressway (U.S. 64) from the Interstate 44 interchange to the highway's entrance ramp at 41st Street. 

Police have identified the teenager who was killed in a rolling gunfight Sunday while driving a reportedly stolen vehicle on the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Terek Chairs, 17, was fatally shot while driving one of two cars involved in the altercation about 1:10 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 64 near Memorial Drive, police said Monday.

A male passenger of Chairs’ was also shot, but he was taken to a hospital and survived, police said.

A map police shared on social media indicates that the scene stretched from the expressway’s Interstate 44 interchange to about 41st Street.

The vehicle Chairs was driving reportedly was stolen, Tulsa Police Capt. Shane Tuell said Sunday, and the altercation between the occupants of the vehicles apparently began at another location but ended on the highway.

Chairs’ death is the city’s 48th homicide this year, and he is the second 17-year-old to be killed in 2022; Corlin Jones similarly died in a gun battle in May, for which three suspects remain wanted.

The city’s youngest homicide victim so far this year, Israel Perez, was 16. Tulsa police shot him when he reached for his gun during a foot chase in February, they said.

Witnesses or anyone with information regarding Chairs’ shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677) or or through the Tulsa Tips app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or iTunes stores.

Tipsters may remain anonymous, and cash rewards are paid for information leading to arrests.


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