Crime

Oklahoma Police Officer Killed

| by Simone Stover

A police officer from Oklahoma has died after being shot by a suspect who fled after being pulled over. 

Officer Justin Terney of the Tecumseh Police Department pulled a vehicle over in Tecumseh at around 11:30 p.m. on March 26, according to the Daily Mail. He proceeded to pat down the suspect, who then ran off toward a wooded area. Terney shot the man with a stun gun, but according to police, doing so did not have any effect on the suspect. 

Terney began to pursue the man on foot, after which the suspect shot Terney three times in the stomach. Terney responded by opening fire on the suspect, shooting him four times. 

According to CNN, Terney was wearing a bullet-proof vest in addition to a body-cam during the altercation. The body-cam footage has been retrieved.

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Both Terney and the suspect were taken to a hospital in Oklahoma City, which is located near Tecumseh. The suspect, who has yet to be named, received surgery and, as of the morning of March 27, is still in the ICU. 

Terney was in critical condition when he was brought into the hospital. According to CNN, both officials and citizens of the area conducted an emergency blood drive in an attempt to save Terney's life. However, Terney succumbed to his injuries at approximately 8:40 a.m. on March 27. He was 22 years old.

The woman who was driving the car that the suspect was in has been arrested, reports the Daily Mail. 

The Oklahoma City Police Department released a statement regarding Terney's death. 

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"We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Officer Terney, who was senselessly shot to death late last night," a spokesman for the department said, according to the Daily Mail. 

"Officer Terney's death is a poignant reminder of the inherent dangers associated with law enforcement," the spokesperson continued. "The sacrifice of Officer Terney will not be forgotten. We offer thoughts and prayers to Officer Terney's family and give our full support to the Tecumseh Police Department."

According to Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney, Terney's death has had a profound effect upon the members of his department, whom he says are "not doing good." 

"I've been here about 22 years and this is our first officer-involved shooting," he said, according to CNN. "We haven't had to live through this yet," he said. 

Kidney also said that Terney, who had been in the department for about a year, had the goal of becoming a canine officer before his death. He had already begun working with a dog.

Terney was a "very young man, just getting started in his career," Kidney said.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Pixabay

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