Man wanted for second-degree murder turns himself in to TPSO

Man wanted for second-degree murder turns himself in to TPSO
Hammond Police is asking for the public's help in locating Kareem Gatlin. (Source: The Hammond Police Department)

HAMMOND, La. (WAFB) - A man accused of second-degree murder turned himself in to the Tangipahoa Sherriff’s Office for his role in the shooting Feb. 24, according to the city of Hammond.

According to officials, Kareem Gatlin is wanted in connection to the shooting death of Michael Otkins II, 20, of Tickfaw.

Hammond Police say authorities responded to a shooting in the 800 block of East Merry Street on Feb. 19, 2021.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Otkins in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

HPD, Hammond Fire Department, and Acadian Ambulance were called to the scene and Otkins was taken to North Oaks Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Gatlin is also wanted on charges of obstruction of justice, illegal discharge of a firearm, aggravated obstruction of a roadway, and aggravated criminal damage to property.

The Hammond Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Gatlin to contact Detective Chase Zaffuto at 985-277-5740 or, or Detective Ronney Domiano at 985-277-5739 or

Tips can also be reported by calling Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP or Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-JAIL (5245).

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