Another maintenance worker shot dead, this time in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY —A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the deadly shooting of an northeast Oklahoma City apartment maintenance worker.

Officers found a man, identified as Greg Hill, with a gunshot wound to his lower torso Saturday morning at the Liberty Station Apartments in the 700 block of Northeast 26th Street. Hill was taken to OU Medical Center, where he later died, officials said.

Hill was a maintenance worker at the apartment complex.

Witnesses told police that Hill was at their apartment when they heard a gunshot outside and a man and woman arguing. Hill went outside and confronted the two, telling them to be quiet.

The witnesses heard Hill argue with the man when three or four shots were fired, according to a probable cause affidavit. Hill walked back into the apartment and told the residents that he had been shot.

Investigators learned that Jimmy Simms was responsible for Hill’s death, and officers found him at a northeast Oklahoma City home. He was arrested on three outstanding warrants issued in Oklahoma County and was taken to the Oklahoma City Police Department’s homicide office, the affidavit said.

Simms initially denied that he was involved in the deadly shooting, but his story changed several times as to his whereabouts and who else was at the scene of the shooting, according to the affidavit. He said a woman picked him up from the apartments before the shooting and that someone shot at their car.

The woman told police that when she arrived at the apartments that Simms was arguing with a woman and pushed his way into the car, the affidavit said. She said he was freaking out, put a handgun to her head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.

He then shot into the dash of her vehicle, and a man came out of an apartment and approached them. Simms got out of the car and walked toward the man, and she drove away. She told police she heard two or three shots but did not see Simms shoot the man.

She said Simms was the only man other than Hill at the scene before she heard the shots, according to the affidavit. The woman also told police that she thought Simms shot at her car while she was driving away. She later found a bullet hole in the rear passenger section of the car.

Simms’ 22-month-old son was in the back seat of the car during the incident, the affidavit said.

He is being held at the Oklahoma County Jail on several complaints, including first-degree murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and domestic abuse.


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