Murder Suspect Spotted in Midland, Manhunt Underway

Murder Suspect Spotted in Midland, Manhunt Underway

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The search continued Friday for murder suspect Khalifah Muhammad, 29, a Midland cab driver accused of shooting and killing Brandon Russell, 24, Wednesday night at Acacia Park Apartments in Odessa.

Investigators blocked off sections of Industrial Avenue, near Commerce Drive, and spent hours searching the area after witnesses reported sighting Muhammad.

Surveillance cameras also captured footage of the suspect lurking outside several Commerce Drive businesses, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

"[He was seen] all through this whole area," said DPS Trooper Elena Viramontes. "We have been looking actively, going into every [building]."

Amy Hall, an employee at Core Laboratories on Commerce Drive, said she and her colleagues "had no idea what was going on" when armed SWAT officers and K9 units stormed into their building on Friday morning.

"Probably 30 police officers [were] at the corner of our building," she told NewsWest 9. "They were looking between the buildings... [after a witness reported] that [Muhammad] had been spotted running across the highway in between our buildings. It was crazy."

CoreLab employees were not permitted to leave the building until investigators completed their search around 5 p.m., Hall said.

Midland Police, Odessa Police, Midland County Sheriff's deputies, K9 units, DPS Troopers and U. S. Marshals assisted in the ongoing manhunt.

Sheriff's deputies remained stationed outside CoreLab when NewsWest 9 returned to the scene Friday night around 9:45.

Officials have yet to confirm what led to Wednesday night's deadly shooting.

Friends of the victim said he worked as a "repo man" for West Texas Auto Recovery and may have been assigned to repossess a vehicle driven by Muhammad.

He may still be in the Midland area, investigators said, and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

"If you are at home and you live around [Industrial Avenue and Commerce Drive], be extremely safe, lock your cars [and] make sure that everything is secure," Trooper Viramontes said.