David Tyree Jr’s family: ‘We’re just grateful that he’s here with us’
NEW YORK (Reuters) – David Tyre Jr, a funeral home owner who was shot dead by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in February, has been found dead at his home, family members said on Sunday.
Tyree, 44, was found dead inside the home of his brother-in-law, Larry D. Bowery, on Saturday, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
The officer who shot Tyree in the head, Jeronimo Yanez, has not been charged in the case, the Tulsa American reported.
Tyree’s family, including the uncle of his children, have asked for privacy in the wake of his death.
“He was a loving man and we are grateful that the police officer has been brought to justice,” Bowerys said.
“The family is just thankful that he is here with them.”
Tyree’s son, David Jr., said the officer should be held accountable for the shooting.
“They need to get the person that shot him charged, not a gun dealer, because it’s a bad guy,” he said.
“It’s a thug, it’s an animal.”
The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
Tyre, who had a daughter, had been living with Boweries in the Tulsa suburb of Fort McMurray, which is about 90 miles (145 km) north of Oklahoma City.
The family is a longtime business partner of Bower, who was born in Fort McMourray, and was a part-owner of a construction company before his career as a police detective ended in 2009.
Tyres son, Daniel Tyree, said he was told his father had been shot several times by police.
“I’m still trying to process it.
I’m still shaking, I can’t sleep,” Daniel Tyre said.
He said his father told him he was in trouble, and he was scared to tell his family.
“It’s hard because he was a good person, he was just a good guy.
He was a person that I was happy to be around,” Daniel said.