March 28, 2017

Justin Terney - Police Officer Fatality - Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Justin Terney
Police Officer Justin Terney, age 22, died in the line of duty on March 27, 2017, at a hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Officer Terney was a member of the Tecumseh Police Department. He had one year of service.

Tecumseh is a city in Pottawatomie County, with a population of about 6,500.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on March 26, 2017, Justin conducted a traffic stop near an intersection in Shawnee. The driver was a woman. The passenger fled the scene on foot. Justin pursued the man and deployed his taser but it seemingly had no effect on the suspect. The man drew a firearm and shot Justin several times. Justin was able to return fire and the man was also struck several times.

Justin was rushed to a hospital in Oklahoma City where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries on March 27th.

Byron James Shepard, age 35, has been taken into custody and was hospitalized. It has been reported that he was running from outstanding warrants. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Justin and
for those who have lost him.
Justin was a native of Canadian, which is a town of under 250 in eastern Oklahoma. He had recently gotten a puppy. He was determined to be a K9 officer. He was a volunteer firefighter. 

Friends describe Justin as a good kid who was full of life and who was helpful to others.

The members of the Tecumseh Police Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He loved being a police officer. He had a future in law enforcement. He will be forever remembered.

Justin's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Justin is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Justin. 

Pray for justice for Justin.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Justin is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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