A handgun stolen during a burglary two weeks ago is believed to the weapon used to slay a truck driver who was delivering food products at a Tulsa pizza restaurant, according to an investigator with the Tulsa Police Department.
Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker said police are still searching for the weapon they believe was used to shoot Robert Horton, 53, of Arlington, TX.
Horton was shot and killed at around 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 as he and his driving partner were delivering food products to a Papa John’s pizza franchise at 2802 E. 11th St. Three 17-year-old suspects are in custody on suspicion of murder, but they have not been formally charged as of Friday.
The suspects -- Jermaine Savory, Damian Anderson, and Frankie Jackson, all of Tulsa – were apprehended Monday morning. Walker said the teenagers are also suspects in a burglary two weeks earlier, in which a cache of weapons were stolen.
“What we’re doing right now is trying to locate the murder weapon,” he said. “We recovered some rifles and shotguns that were stolen in a burglary two weeks ago. We think a handgun stolen in that burglary was the murder weapon.”
Walker clarified for Land Line that Horton was shot outside the business unloading some of the freight, while his driving partner remained in the trailer. It was previously reported that Horton’s partner was inside the store when the shooting occurred.
The suspects are alleged to have waited outside in an SUV, parked nearby behind a wooden fence. At least two suspects get out and lost Horton temporarily when he went into the building. They drove off but came back when they saw Horton come outside.
“We’ve got Horton and his partner arriving at 5:50 a.m.,” Walker said. “They start about their business unloading the product. Horton is usually the guy on the ground and the partner is in the trailer getting things ready.”
At least two suspects got out of the vehicle and approached Horton while he was an estimated 30 feet from the trailer, on the other side of the building.
“The partner said he heard something but noticed trays on the ground, and assumed something fell out the back of the trailer,” Walker said. “He didn’t associate the noise with gunshots.”
Horton was shot twice, but police said the suspects have not offered any explanation.
“We don’t know why Horton gets killed,” he said. “They wouldn’t give us any explanation for that.”