By JOSH NEWTON
State officials this week officially identified a man who was shot and killed in late June at a Tahlequah home.
According to the state’s medical examiner, Carlos Manuel Ulloa Redondo, 35, was the man found dead by Tahlequah police at a home on Basin Avenue.
Twenty-nine-year-old Juan Carlos Caballero was arrested and held on a first-degree murder complaint. Charges have not been formally filed against him.
Tahlequah Police Department’s SWAT team responded to the home after midnight June 23 when witnesses reported a man had pulled out a pistol and shot another man outside of a home. The shooter – later identified by police as Caballero – then allegedly dragged Redondo into the home, and another gunshot could be heard, court documents say.
Members of the SWAT team spent about 45 minutes trying to coax Caballero out of the home after the shooting, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said.
Once inside the home, detectives found Redondo’s body covered with a blanket. He appeared to have suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to the head, one to the chest, and one to the abdomen. Several identification cards with various names were found at the home, preventing police from confirming the victim’s identity immediately following the shooting.
State officials list Redondo as a resident of Guatemala. According to an affidavit filed in the case, an ID card from Honduras was found at the scene with Redondo’s name on it.
Police found a holstered pistol in the residence where Redondo’s body was discovered, and later uncovered more than 19 grams of what they believe to be methamphetamine under a child’s bed. They also collected several live and spent shell casings and magazines for various firearms; at least seven cell phones; drug paraphernalia; and hundreds of dollars in cash.
Caballero’s girlfriend, Liliana Landaverde, was also arrested at the scene on three counts of failure to protect a child and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.