Letter from the Sheriff Regarding ATF Rule 2021R-08R

Since 2012, the Alcohol, tobacco, firearms (ATF) has recognized that stabilizing braces serve a legitimate function, and the inclusion of a stabilizing brace on a pistol or other firearm does not automatically subject the firearm to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.  

On January 13th 2023 the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland signed ATF final rule 2021R-08R requiring pistol brace owners to register or remove the brace within 120 days or face potential Felony charges.

The Biden administration claims the brace creates a likeness to short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license under the National Firearms Act.

This rule was signed almost two weeks after the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the ATF prohibiting “bump stocks”.  The Court stated that only Congress has the legislative authority to create or change laws and that the “bump stock” does not meet the federal definition of a machine gun.

Once again, we are witnessing Federal overreach that will not impact the criminal element but only the law-abiding citizens rights under the Constitution of the United States of America.

Therefore, it is the stance of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office that we will not enforce, partake or support this rule because it is unconstitutional.


Sheriff Vic Regalado

Tulsa County

TCSO to host self-defense class for female realtors

Recently representatives from HomeSmart TuCasa Realty reached to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to request self-defense training for the ladies who work in their Tulsa area office. The agency says 80 percent of their agents are females who often have to meet with potential clients while they are alone. TCSO wants these ladies to feel empowered to protect themselves. So we worked the agency to organize this class. TuCasa also invited female realtors from other real estate companies to participate as well. Class will be help September 29, 2022 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center Training Room.

School Resources Officers from across the state to attend training hosted by TCSO

School Resource Officers are on the front lines of school safety. Their purpose is to protect the lives of the students and staff at the campuses where they serve.

On Wednesday, July 27th, a hundred school resource officers (SRO’s) from across Oklahoma are scheduled to attend training hosted by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. This training will take place during the Oklahoma Association of School Resource Officers’ 2022 Conference in Tulsa.

This conference is open to SRO’s as well as School Administrators. The goal is for attendees to learn how to make their schools safer by learning how to recognize potential threats, such as those made on social media, and respond to them before a tragedy occurs.

Sheriff Regalado will give the opening remarks for this year’s conference. He will speak at 8:00 am and will be available for interviews after his speech. Trainers and conference attendees will also be available interviews.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of Deputy Santiago Rodriguez

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Tulsa County Deputy Santiago Rodriguez, who passed away unexpectedly this morning following a medical emergency that occurred while he was off duty.

Deputy Rodriguez was 40 years old. He had been a Deputy at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Over the court of his career, Rodriguez received letters of accommodation for his work as a Deputy at the Tulsa County Courthouse. He lived a career of service, not only to the citizens of Tulsa County, but also to his country, through his time as a member of the Navy Reserve.

Dep. Rodriguez was a loving father to his four children. He will be greatly missed by all of his coworkers and friends here at the Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services are pending.

Homicide Suspect Sought by TCSO

Just after 11 pm on Sunday, Deputies received a 911 call to a report of man found murdered in his home at 5628 N Gillette Ave. When Deputies arrived, they found 23 year old Tyler Lane Kirk deceased.

A family member discovered Kirk’s body when she stopped by to check on him, after he stopped returning texts messages Sunday afternoon.

TCSO Detectives are seeking tips on the whereabouts of the suspect in this case, Tyler James Lewis of Coweta. Lewis is a 23 year old white male. He is 5’7 inches tall with red hair with hazel eyes.

Lewis drives a black, 2017 GMC Sierra Denali truck with Cherokee plate number: CX6 249.

Because both the victim and suspect in this case are Native American, TCSO is assisting the FBI in this investigation.

If anyone sees Tyler James Lewis or has information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call TCSO at 918-596-5600.

Suspect Vehicle
Suspect Vehicle

Suspect: Tyler James Lewis



Phone Scam Warning

A phone scam is once again making the rounds, targeting potential victims across Tulsa County.

Over the past two days, TCSO investigators have been contacted by multiple people who have received calls from scammers that identified themselves using the names of actual TCSO staff members. This time the scammer is claiming to be Sgt. Mike Moore. Often times to scammer can spoof the number on the caller ID to make it appear as though the call is coming from our number. The number being used this week is: 918-324-7706. But this phone number being used by the scammer can change within minutes.

The scammer tells the potential victim they have a warrant for their arrest for missing a court date or jury duty. They tell the victim they must immediately pay hundreds of dollars in fines in order to avoid arrest. They instruct the victim to purchase pre-paid cash cards or from local stores in order to “pay the bond” and avoid immediate arrest. They order the victim to remain on the phone with them while purchasing the cards. As soon the victim buys the cards and provides the card numbers over the phone, the money is stolen by the crook.

So far this week, one victim has reported losing $500 dollars to this scam. Another second victim came forward on Sunday to report losing $400 to the scam. This time the crook claimed to be “Lieutenant Reynolds” from TCSO.

We want to prevent additional citizens from falling victim to this scam. So TCSO is remind citizens that we never call anyone with warrants to demand payment of fines using cash cards in order avoid arrest.

If you’d like to check to see if there’s an active warrant for arrest in Tulsa County, you can do on our website using this link: tcsook.glyphreports.com

If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you’re a victim of this scam, call us 918-596-5600 to file a report.

TCSO Employees team up with “Hearts on Duty”, the Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club NDN Territory and Tulsa County FOP #188 to help local family with expenses for toddler recovering from rare parasitic infection

Ryder Barnes and his twin sister were born on June 23rd, 2020. On Thanksgiving of 2021, this normally happy baby became extremely ill. He spiked a high fever and soon lost his vision, muscle movement, and the ability to eat or drink on his own.

After a week in a Tulsa Hospital with no diagnosis, Ryder was sent to Texas Children Hospital in Houston where he was diagnosed with Baylisascaris; a rare parasitic infection cause by a roundworm in raccoons. Ryder is 1 of 26 known cases worldwide.

This infection has caused brain atrophy, leading to brain damage. In January, Ryder was moved to a rehabilitation center in Bethany, Oklahoma, where he is currently re-learning how to eat, drink, crawl, walk and stand.

The 2022 Iron Pigs Nation & Hearts on Duty Poker Run is dedicated to helping Ryder’s family with his medical expenses.

For more information and to view the live auction and raffle items, check out the event Facebook page: here


Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office “Project Lead” invites area first responders and community members to leadership seminar led by Navy SEAL Jason Redman

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is focused on developing strong leadership within our own ranks. This effort is called “Project lead”. We also want to invite other agencies, first responders and community members to join us.

The seminar will focus on:

  • A clear understanding how to assess a crisis and develop a plan to move from it
  • Tools to quickly and effectively motivate and communicate to their teams to lead them to a

point of success and confidence

  • Jason’s REACT method to move through a change or point of adversity
  • Techniques to make stronger leaders and teams
  • Individual leadership balance

When: Fri, July 29th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Victory Christian Church – 7700 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa

To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/project-lead-with-tcso-and-us-navy-seal-jason-redman-tickets-362546304757?aff=efbneb


This one day seminar is open to the public. Advanced tickets are $25. They cost $35 at the door.

TCSO plans to host this same event in August of this year.

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