Tahlequah Daily Press

June 25, 2013

Man held in Sunday shooting fatality

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Members of the Tahlequah Police Department SWAT team worked with other local and state agents early Sunday morning to arrest a man accused of shooting and killing another man.

Details began to unfold Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. when police received a report that a man had been shot in the 200 block of Basin Avenue, where a collection of small homes sits on the east side of the road, just north of the city’s solid-waste department.

Members of the Tahlequah SWAT team began to assemble a few blocks away with officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.

Tahlequah Chief of Police Nate King said authorities eventually arrested Juan Carlos Caballero, 29, who is now being held without bond for first-degree murder and possession of controlled dangerous substance.

Liliana Landaverde, described by authorities as Caballero’s girlfriend, was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and three counts of failure to protect children. She remained in jail Monday with a $50,000 bond.

Authorities have been unable to officially identify the man who died from an apparent gunshot wound.

“[The victim] had no identification on him, and was not from this country from what we’ve been told, so tracking down a true identity is proving to be difficult at this time,” said King.

Caballero invoked his right to an attorney after he was arrested, King said.

Authorities said immigration officials may have been in Tahlequah about a month ago looking for Caballero, but were unable to locate him at that time.

Drug charges against Caballero and Landaverde stem from the discovery of what police believe to be an ounce of methamphetamine that was in the home.


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