Police investigate a fatal shooting in the 1300 block of East 51st Street North in Tulsa on Jan. 14, 2020. KELSY SCHLOTTHAUER/Tulsa World

A mother was questioned and later released after she reportedly shot and killed her adult son in an altercation outside her north Tulsa home Tuesday morning.

Jamel Barnett, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release.

Officers were called to the home in the 1300 block of East 51st Street North just before noon, and Barnett was found dead in the driveway near the open garage with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Neighbors said the mother called 911 and tried to resuscitate her son after the shooting, but it was no use. The mother was interviewed downtown at the police department’s Detective Division, but later released pending further investigation.

Tiron Pete Sr., who lives nearby and works with the mother, said he thinks highly of her. He and his wife ran down from their home to help her when they realized her son was down, but they didn’t realize he had been shot.

When Pete saw the location of the gunshot wound, the man’s upper torso, he expected the worst.

“I had a friend shot in the same place,” he said. “He didn’t make it, either.”

Lt. Dedlorn Sanders said although it’s early in the investigation, detectives don’t believe the son lived at the home and it’s possible the mother felt threatened by him.

Pete described Barnett as a loner who kept to himself and had “a mind of his own.”

“I believe it’s not her fault,” he said. “That’s just my opinion.”

Based on the interview and evidence at the scene, homicide detectives will determine what charges, if any, might be presented against the woman to the District Attorney’s Office.

Kelsy Schlotthauer


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Kelsy graduated Oklahoma State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and joined the Tulsa World in 2019. She covers breaking news and is passionate about people, social justice and law enforcement. Phone: (918) 581-8455

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