bixby homicide (copy)

This is the home of Kevin Phelps, who was shot to death in the front yard Monday night. JESSIE WARDARSKI/ Tulsa World

A Bixby man was shot to death in his front yard Monday night during a loud argument with a man who was subsequently arrested at the scene, police said.

Officers found Kevin Phelps lying in front of his home after police responded to a call before 10 p.m. about a disturbance in the area of 126th Street and 85th East Place.

“This is a quiet community,” Bixby Police Cpl. Michael Konshak said. “These kind of incidents don’t happen very often.”

When officers arrived, they found Phelps, 37, near the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Neighbors heard an intense argument between Phelps and Earnest Liggins, 38, just before Liggins shot Phelps, police said.

Liggins and Phelps were acquainted, Konshak said. However, he declined to comment about the argument.

Phelps’ residence was equipped with a security camera that watched his front entryway. Many of the neighborhoods in the area are posted with “Neighborhood Watch” and “Alert Neighbors” signs.

After the shooting, Liggins remained at the scene, where officers took him into custody “without further incident,” police stated in a news release. Liggins reportedly disarmed himself prior to officers’ arrival at the behest of a witness.

Phelps’ daughters reportedly were at the home when the shooting occurred. Afterwards, a neighbor took them in pending any action on their behalf by authorities.

Police arrested Liggins on a complaint of murder, according to the news release.

The homicide was Bixby’s first of 2017.

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​Harrison Grimwood


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