By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Casper man arrested for second-degree murder on Friday allegedly announced to his church that he had committed the crime, according to authorities.
Casper police arrested Olinza Headd, 53, without incident Friday following a suspicious death investigation that began on Jan. 13.
The investigation began after police were called to an apartment complex in Casper on a report of a suicide attempt. The reporting party heard a gunshot from her apartment and her boyfriend, Eugene Hogan III, was inside of the apartment alone.
Upon arrival on the scene, first responders found Hogan from with several apparent gunshot wounds.
During what was Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters called a very complex investigation, officers began to develop theories on what happened.
McPheeters said a witness account of Headd publicly announcing at his church on Jan. 17 that he had shot another man “greatly assisted” in the investigation.
Armed with that information and evidence they had gathered themselves, investigators determined Headd, a member of Hogan’s family, entered Hogan’s apartment on the evening of Jan. 13 with a firearm and shot the victim multiple times before leaving the scene.
“This investigation yielded the highest level of professionalism in police services out of our extremely skilled team here at the Casper Police Department,” McPheeters said. “Many areas of the Department were used as integral resources in gathering information and evidence to reach a conclusion in this case. This investigation highlights the importance of our community’s role in helping to solve and prevent crimes. It is all of our responsibility to do our part to keep Casper the safe community we know and love.
“We commend the brave individuals who came forward to assist us with this case and thank the hard-working men and women of the Casper Police Department who put in countless hours – working all day and all night – to ensure those responsible would be brought to justice,” McPheeters continued. “Any loss of life in our community is tragic and our condolences are with the family of the deceased.”