ENID, Okla. — An Oklahoma man accused of gunning down a Black woman over the weekend told detectives he did it to “teach her a lesson” and said he was glad he’d done it, authorities said.
Shane Dale Perosi, 30, of Enid, is charged with first-degree murder in the death Sunday of Martika Ferguson. Perosi is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and destruction of evidence.
Enid police officials said officers were called Sunday afternoon to an alleyway, where residents of the neighborhood had spotted Ferguson, 27, of Enid, lying on the ground. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation led detectives to Perosi’s house, where they served a no-knock warrant Tuesday. During the execution of the search warrant, evidence was found that tied him to Ferguson’s death.
“During an interview with Perosi, he confessed he shot and killed Ferguson,” police officials said in a news release. “Perosi said he’d done so to teach her a lesson.”
It was unclear what lesson Perosi believed Ferguson needed to learn, or if race was a factor in the killing. Perosi is white.
“During his booking at the Garfield County Detention Facility, Perosi again reiterated he had murdered Ferguson and said he was glad he’d done so,” authorities said.
Police officials did not say if Ferguson and Perosi knew one another before the shooting.
Detectives worked more than 280 hours on the case as of Wednesday. Enid police Capt. Scott Miller praised the detectives’ work.
“They did a very good job, were very persistent and conducted a non-stop investigation,” Miller said in a statement. “They brought closure to the victim’s family and have made our community safer with the arrest of their suspect.”
Perosi remained in the county jail Friday. The investigation into Ferguson’s death is ongoing.
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