Muskogee police and the FBI are just now clearing the intersection of 19th and Broadway after arresting several people, officers and witnesses on the scene say.
There were reports that the operation had something to do with the body found last week, but police would not confirm that.
More details as we get them.
UPDATE: We have received unofficial word that the warrant was being served in connection with last week’s homicide, but the officer who confirmed it was not directly involved and is not authorized to comment, so we still consider that unconfirmed.
Rachelle Louise Hayes, 48, was found shot to death on the porch of a house at 328 Douglas, behind Arby’s, on Wednesday of last week. Hayes had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Residents near the location where she was found reported hearing gunshots between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that day, but the sounds were dismissed as fireworks because they occurred so close to the Fourth of July celebration.
UPDATE, 9:40 A.M.: A police source has confirmed that Williams was indeed jailed on suspicion of being Hayes’ killer. More details soon.
UPDATE: 10 A.M.: District Attorney Larry Moore says his office will seek to have Williams held without bond. Williams is also a suspect in a Wagoner County case of shooting with intent to kill in 2012, when he was still a minor, but Moore says that shouldn’t complicate the Muskogee case. Williams is being held in Hayes’ death, Moore said. Police followed multiple leads to arrest Williams, he said. No motive has yet been determined.
UPDATE: 10:26 A.M.: Muskogee Police released the following information:
The Muskogee Police Department and Eastern Oklahoma F.B.I. Violent Crime Task Force announce the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of Rachelle Hayes on 7-2-14. Jordan Williams (Muskogee resident, 11-1-1994) was arrested on 7-7-14 at 8:30 p.m. at 2009 West Broadway in Muskogee.
Mr. Williams was taken into custody without incident by the Muskogee Police Department Special Operations Team. He was booked into the Muskogee County Detention Facility on several local warrants and a complaint of First Degree Murder.
This is an ongoing investigation and more details will be released as they become available
The police also released the following photo of Williams: