Pregnant mom, 23, who was ‘shot dead by her boyfriend before he went on wild crime spree where he kidnapped their 14-month-old child
Brandon Milburn then killed a motorist and hijacked two cars before being gunned down by cops’
Police confirmed Brandon Milburn, 37, was killed in shootout with cops in downtown Oklahoma City early Wednesday morning
Milburn police said killed his pregnant girlfriend, Shatica Hixson, 23, and kidnapping their 14-month-old daughter, Zyla, on Tuesday
Zyla was dropped off at Love County jail by relatives when the realized an Amber alert had been issued for the child
Milburn was also accused of shooting dead a man inside a pickup truck and carrying out two carjackings
Another person reported being burglarized and threatened with AK-47 by a man matching Milburn’s description at the time
Disturbing new details have emerged about a deadly crime spree in Oklahoma City that began with the murder of a pregnant woman and the abduction of her baby is over.
The crime wave of Brandon Milburn, 37, named by the Oklahoma City Police Department as a suspect in the killing of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Shatica Hixson, and the kidnapping of their 14-month-old daughter, Zyla, on Tuesday ended a day later in a deadly police shootout that left the suspect dead and an officer injured.
Milburn was also suspected of killing a motorist and carjacking two vehicles as he fled from the police.
Local authorities officially confirmed on Thursday that the officer-involved shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in downtown Oklahoma City was related to Milburn’s alleged crime spree.
The incident began unfolding just after noon on Tuesday, when police received a 911 call about a body that was discovered inside a home in the 5100 block of Brookdale Drive.
Officers who responded to the scene found a woman, identified by police and family members as Shatica Hixson
Hixon had been shot dead during a domestic fight with her boyfriend Brandon Milburn earlier that morning. The alleged killer had fled the home with the 14-month-old daughter he shared with the victim.
Relatives told KFOR that Hixson was three months pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time of her death.
According to the victim’s family, Hixson was a victim of prior domestic abuse.
‘He beat her up all the time, he gashed her head open and threw her downstairs,’ the woman’s family member Shawntel Nye said, referring to Milburn.
But his brother, Vinson Milburn, painted a very different picture of Milburn and Hixson’s relationship.
‘Every time I had seen them, they were pretty happy,’ he said.
After allegedly killing his pregnant girlfriend, Milburn went on the run with their baby daughter in tow, which triggered an Amber Alert.
Nearly four hours later, the missing child was found safe after being dropped off at the Love County jail by Milburn’s aunt.
‘She saw the Amber Alert and realized that the Amber Alert was the baby that she had in a vehicle,’ said Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham.
While police scoured the area for Zyla, another killing was reported in the 24000 block of Southwest 95th Street, just 7 miles from Hixson’s home, where a man, identified as 34-year-old Stephen Christopher Huskey, was found shot dead inside a white pickup truck.
According to police, Milburn had stolen a pickup truck owned by a local business from the area of Southwest 119th Street and May Avenue.
The truck was equipped with a GPS tracking device, which Huskey, who worked for the company that owned the stolen vehicle, used to locate it.
He found the truck parked and unoccupied in the 2500 block of SW 95th Street and drove up to it. At that moment, police said Milburn appeared from behind a tree and opened fire on Huskey, killing him.
Milburn then drove to Southwest 104th Street investigators said, where he abandoned the stolen pickup truck and carjacked a gold Toyota Avalon vehicle that was being operated by a 17-year-old boy.
He then ditched the second vehicle from his second carjacked in the area of SW 122nd Street and May Avenue.
Authorities spent five hours searching for Milburn with K-9 units and a helicopter before suspending the operation for the night.
Shortly before 10pm, Milburn called his brother for the last time.
‘There was fear in his voice and remorse and regret and shame. He wanted to turn himself in, we had talked about it,’ Vinson Milburn said, adding that his brother was ‘not a monster.’
Just after 4am on Wednesday, Oklahoma City police officers were involved in a pursuit of a vehicle near SW 104th Street and May Avenue.
Milburn, now driving a silver Toyota Prius with Arizona plates, led officers on a chase, which ended near Couch Drive and Lee Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City.
Milburn exchanged gunfire with police. The armed suspect fired first at the officers, police said.
Milburn was shot dead, and Oklahoma City police officer Zach Barby suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chest, which was protected by his bulletproof vest.