WARR ACRES, Okla. — In a huge twist for a murder mystery in the metro Oklahoma City police have arrested a man they say killed a store clerk last month.
The arrest came after the suspect allegedly shot and wounded another man Thursday morning, before leading police on a high speed chase. The unusual case started in late June.
A man known as “Mr. Nice Guy” Habib Hajimirzaei is killed on the job at the Four Seasons gas station. At the time police released two surveillance pictures of the triggerman and arrested Michael Devereaux.
“This is the worst thing that’s every happened to me in my life,” said Devereaux.
A side by side of the suspect showed some obvious differences leading to Devereaux’s release from jail.
“It’s like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders,” said Devereaux.
The latest break in the case came Thursday morning when a man came to a home on North Penile and shot 29-year-old Garland Lenoir the 4th in his garage.
A high speed chase ended with a crash, wiping out power poles and police took 33-year-old Darrien Clark into custody.
“I don’t know who taught him to be that way, but that is a terrible man,” said Devereaux. ”I’m just happy they got him. I’m really happy they got him.”
While pictures of the murder suspect and Clark look like a match, police say they also have much more tying Clark to the killing.
“Without commenting directly on the evidence, the evidence is significant connecting the two cases together,” said Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson.
“Hopefully it can show everybody I am not the person they thought I was,” said Devereaux.
The victim in Thursday’s shooting remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
Clark does have a lengthy criminal history, including previous thefts, robberies and drug dealing.