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Officer down

Justin Terney, a police officer shot in the line of duty in Tecumseh Sunday, has died. 

The Oklahoman's Graham Brewer reports:

Terney, 22, was shot during an exchange of gunfire that followed a traffic stop late Sunday. He died the next morning, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Monday outside OU Medical Center.

Terney stopped a vehicle driven by a woman about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Benson Park and Gordon Cooper, Kidney said.

Terney radioed a dispatcher after stopping the vehicle, and the dispatcher found an outstanding warrant for the male passenger, Byron James Shepard, 35.

Once Shepard learned he had a warrant, he fled into a wooded area, and Terney gave chase. Terney used his Taser on Shepard with no effect. Shepard shot him, and Terney returned fire, Kidney told reporters.

The city of about 6,500 southeast of Oklahoma City honored Terney as a procession of law enforcement took his body to his hometown of Canadian Monday. Friends said he will be remembered for his smile and sense of humor, and that he'd long dreamed of being a police officer. Terney had been on the force for just over a year.


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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›