Man found in driveway shot to death; suspect taken into custody
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Sunday, March 17, 2013
3/17/13 at 7:37 PM
An ongoing feud might have been the catalyst that led to Tulsa's 19th homicide of the year, police said.
The body of 45-year-old Alonzo Stewart was found in a driveway with a gunshot wound to the chest in the 700 block of North 23rd West Avenue, Sgt. Dave Walker said.
Police arrived at the scene at noon Sunday in response to a call by Stewart's mother that he had been shot.
Investigators were later contacted by the father of Reginald Ward, who later convinced him to turn himself into police custody, Walker said.
Ward, 23, of Sand Springs, and Stewart had previously crossed paths and became involved in a dispute prior to the shooting, police said.
Ward was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of first-degree murder, jail records show. He was then transferred to the Osage County Jail in Pawhuska, officials said. The shooting occurred in a portion of Tulsa located in Osage County.
A weapon and getaway car believed involved in the homicide were recovered by detectives, police said.
Walker credits Ward father for assisting police in making an arrest.
"Ward’s parent needs to be commended for gaining control of the situation and convincing Ward to do the right thing," Walker said. "The focus of this investigation was on Ward immediately, and Ward’s father allowed the investigation to culminate in the quick arrest."
Ward had been previously arrested on larceny and possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication complaints in 2012.