White man charged with fatally shooting Black woman to “teach her a lesson”
Martika Ferguson was found shot dead in an alleyway over the weekend.
An Oklahoma man said he fatally shot a woman “teach her a lesson” and was “glad he’d done so,” authorities say. The victim, a 27-year-old Black woman named Martika Ferguson, was found dead in an alleyway in Enid, Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 29).
On Tuesday (Dec. 2), Enid police officers arrested Shane Dale Perosi in connection with her death. Officers said their investigation led them and a SWAT team to serve a no-knock search warrant at a residence, where they found evidence in the case of Ferguson’s death.
During their interview with Perosi, police say the 30-year-old white man confessed to shooting and killing Ferguson in order to “teach her a lesson.” According to the police, Perosi added that he was “glad” he had killed her.
“He confessed he shot and killed Ferguson,” a statement from the Enid Police Department read.”
The statement added that while police were booking Perosi into the Garfield County Detention Center, he “again reiterated he had murdered Ferguson and said he was glad he’d done so.”
Police have not yet disclosed whether or not Perosi and Ferguson knew each other.
In another statement, Enid Police Capt. Scott Miller praised the officers’ efforts and their three-day investigation.
“They did a very good job, were very persistent and conducted a non-stop investigation,” Miller said. “They brought closure to the victim’s family and have made our community safer with the arrest of their suspect.”
Upon his arrest, Perosi was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction and destruction of evidence. Police say the murder investigation is still ongoing and have not yet said what they believe Perosi’s motive was.
Ferguson was the mother of an 8-year-old son and friends and coworkers remembered her as bubbly, sweet and kind.
“It was sad, but he knows he’s got me and papa,” the child’s grandmother told News 9. “[Martika] didn’t deserve that.”
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