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Officer's Home Burglarized by Suspected Murderer

Officer's Home Burglarized by Suspected Murderer

Denny Edward Phillips left his motel room about 5:40 Monday afternoon as if he were going to surrender and then fled. [AP]

Tulsa World via YellowBrix

April 27, 2010

TULSA, OK – Tulsa police shot a man Monday who had been wanted for questioning in a burglary in which guns and police gear were stolen from a police detective’s home.

The two officers who shot Denny Edward Phillips, 32, were not identified Monday night, but Tulsa Police Capt. Rick Helberg said they were accompanying U.S. marshals and federal agents who were trying to serve arrest warrants on him at the Motel 6 at 1011 S. Garnett Road.

Phillips also is a “person of interest” in six homicides that occurred when four people — two of whom were pregnant — were slain in Oklahoma City, Tulsa Police Officer Jason Willingham confirmed Monday evening.

Phillips came out of a motel room as though he were going to surrender about 5:40 p.m. and fled down a breezeway, Helberg said.

When the officers saw a gun in Phillips’ hand, they shot him several times, he said.

Willingham said Phillips pulled the gun out from under a hat.

Phillips was taken by ambulance in serious condition to St. John Medical Center, EMSA spokesman Chris Stevens said.

Tulsa County deputies had identified Phillips on Monday as a “person of interest” in the burglary of Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff’s Tulsa County home last week. The Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating the burglary, is handling the investigation of the police shooting, as well, spokesman Shannon Clark said.

Phillips was known to frequent northeastern Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Capt. John Bowman said.

Huff’s home was burglarized between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday while Huff was speaking at a conference for cold-case investigators in Florida, authorities said. The thief or thieves stole a Tulsa police uniform and badges, guns, family heirlooms and a red extended-cab 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with four-wheel drive, four doors and a fiberglass bed cover.


Denny Edward Phillips

The serial number on the gun Phillips had at the motel had not yet been compared with the guns that were stolen from Huff’s home, but it was very similar to one of Huff’s, Willingham said.

Other items that officers saw in Phillips’ motel room also resembled things Huff had reported stolen, he said.

Officers were obtaining a search warrant that would allow them to search the room and examine its contents, Willingham said.

Tulsa County Chief Deputy George Haralson said public safety is a concern any time police equipment or weapons are stolen.

In the Oklahoma City homicides, Brooke Phillips and Milagrous Barrera — both 22 and pregnant — died of gunshot wounds. Their bodies were found with two others in a burning home in November.

Brooke Phillips had worked at the Moonlite Bunny- Ranch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nev., which was featured in an HBO reality series, “Cathouse.”

The other two victims were Casey Barrientos, 32, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ermey, 25.

David Allen Tyner, 28, of Locust Grove is charged with six counts of first-degree murder in connection with the homicides. He remained in the Oklahoma County Jail on Monday.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater confirmed to The Oklahoman late Monday that he warned his employees in an e-mail that Phillips “is a very dangerous person who ordered the hits on six people in south OKC earlier this year.” The e-mail was obtained by the Tulsa World.

Any link between Brooke Phillips and Denny Phillips was not clear Monday night.

Denny Phillips has convictions in Mayes County for attempted burglary of an automobile, false declaration to a pawnbroker, assault with a deadly weapon, escape from a county jail, injuring a public building and possession of contraband in jail.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the location of the stolen property is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS or send a text message or an online tip to .

  • Memorialbadge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Just a little inside info on this cat. He was back in our jail on a writ a couple weeks ago. Lets just say when he makes it to prison, one of the bullets that struck him GUARANTEES that he will only be catching... AND he will need to stand REAL REAL REAL close to the urinal. ! ! ! no joke. you can also go to and see the unedited video where after being shot Sgt. Huff runs up and inquires as to the location of his personal proprty while he is laying there bleeding minus an appendage.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good job and the good guys go home!!!

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good job by good cops doing what they are supposed to do.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good work guys. "Nothin' wrong with a little shootin', as long as the right people get shot"

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great job Officers, to bad the perp didn't take a Dirt Nap....
    This guy just looks like pure Evil.....

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great job by the officer. Than idiot looks like a real dirt bag.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    over 4 years ago


    good job guys!

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Graet job by everyone involved!!!! Outcome could have been a lot different.

  • 100_0440_1__max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Officers go home .. sounds good to me!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Good job by all.

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great Job Officers !!!! & Glad nothing else came of the incondent & the dectative is physicaly ok

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Another case for the death penalty

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Lol_sun_in_clouds_02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good Job O.K. I would like to suggest more DYNAMIC RANGE TIME.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good work all, Keep up the good work.

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