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OCPD Chief Speaks Out After Arrest of Murder Suspect With Criminal Record

Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley speaks after the arrest of a murder suspect with a criminal record.

Doneto Patrick, 18, also known as “Psycho,” is in jail in connection with the shooting death of a man at a graduation party in southwest Oklahoma City.

Court records say Patrick is believed to be part of a gang and may be linked to other violent crimes.

Police say he has a juvenile record and served just three days in jail for a gun and obstruction charge in January.

He then served just five days in jail earlier this month on another gun charge before being arrested for murder.

In a statement, Gourley said in part: “Low bail amounts for firearms offenses for repeat violent offenders also undermine the safety of our community and must be addressed with stricter bail conditions for repeat offenders.”

May 2024

The US Marshals Service has arrested a metro teenager accused of a series of fatal shootings and running a gang in a southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex.

In connection with: https://www.news9.com/story/66564c9060ad19ad444c7882/us-marshals-arrest-teen-suspect-questioned-about-string-of-sw-okc-homicides-

Investigators took Patrick in for questioning Tuesday in connection with a series of fatal shootings at Will Rogers Courts. Patrick was arrested in Midwest City.

Witnesses told police the murder suspect was part of a gang that had been terrorizing residents at the apartment complex near Southwest 15th Street and Westwood Boulevard.

According to court documents, witnesses were too afraid to report Patrick, also known as “Psycho,” for being behind a fatal shooting last week and possibly other violent crimes in their neighborhood.

“We want to do everything we can to stop the violence there because it’s three homicides in six days,” said Msgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Patrick was arrested in connection with the May 22nd murder of Anthony Hines. The arrest warrant said Hines was at a relative’s graduation party when Patrick and four others showed up last Wednesday. Witnesses told investigators that Hines was arguing with one of the uninvited guests when the shooting began. Hines was fatally shot as he fled the home.

“As it turns out there were two other shootings in that area,” Knight said. “One at the same address and one about a block away.”

The fatal shootings happened on Sunday and were five hours apart. Police identified the first victim as 43-year-old April Coppock, but have not released the name of the other victim. Investigators are connecting the dots to determine if Patrick or anyone in his gang was involved in the weekend murders.

“We’re interviewing him right now and seeing where the evidence leads us and where the interviews go,” Knight said.

Police said one of the witnesses to the first fatal shooting identified Patrick from a photo lineup. Police have not arrested anyone or named a suspect in connection with the two-week killings.