Midwest City police identifiy suspect in fatal shooting
MIDWEST CITY — A 17-year-old boy wanted on a murder and robbery warrant in connection with the slaying of a Midwest City store clerk was still at large late Tuesday.
A warrant for the arrest of Samuel Myers, of Jones, was filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.
Myers is wanted in the death of Salman Tahir, 33. He is accused of going into GI's Market, 10001 NE 10, about 7:45 a.m. Saturday and robbing and shooting Tahir.
Tahir, a husband and father of a 4-year-old girl, had his arms raised above his head when he was fatally shot over about $200, surveillance video shows.
“What we're asking the public now is to help in finding this killer who is still on the loose. He's got a violent past as a juvenile, and he's obviously killed one person, and our hopes are we're able to put him in custody before he kills someone else,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
“If he's going to do this with someone who is cooperating, what is he going to do if somebody resists?” Clabes said. “We think he's probably still somewhere here in Oklahoma County.”
The Midwest City police street team, as well as Oklahoma City police gang officers and the U.S. Marshals Service's Metro Fugitive Task Force, are searching for Myers, Clabes said.
Video shows the shooter emptying the cash register before shooting at the store's surveillance system and then putting a bullet in Tahir's back.
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The shooter fled the scene on foot. Tahir was found by a customer and died about two hours later at a hospital, Clabes said.
“Our condolences and prayers go out to Salman Tahir and his family. We know from customers and people who have met him that he was gracious. He provided people with food and gas that couldn't afford it,” Clabes said.
Tahir did “everything right” during the robbery, he said.
A tip sent officers to 729 Lloyd Ave., in the neighborhood southwest of the business.
A Glock pistol thought to have been used in the shooting was hidden in a love seat, and a 31-round clip was found in a bedroom closet.
The magazine contained the same brand of bullet used in the shooting, according to the arrest warrant.
Clabes said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was doing ballistic testing on the pistol Tuesday afternoon. A cigarette lighter used inside the store before the robbery also is being tested for DNA and fingerprints, he said.
Clabes said Myers went to the store about 7 a.m. with the witness who identified Myers, but the store was not yet open for the day.
Another witness told police on Monday that Myers had shown up at another house on Lloyd Avenue that morning “causing problems,” according to the arrest warrant.
A search warrant filed for the home of Myers' mother, 8717 N Westminster Road, yielded nothing.
How to help
Tahir's wife and daughter had moved to Oklahoma City from Pakistan within the last month, regular customer Kelly Norris told The Oklahoman.
“I'm glad that we're that much closer to getting him,” Norris said. “I hope someone does the right thing and turns him in.”
Norris said he is offering a personal reward for anyone whose information leads to Myers' arrest, but he declined to name the amount on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Midwest City police at 739-1306.
Contributing: Staff Writer Graham Lee Brewer