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Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer in Jail

Ryan Coventon - Monday, April 10, 2017

The suspect in last month's fatal shooting of Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney, 22, has been released from the hospital and is now held in the Pottawatomie County Jail.

Late last month, Officer Terney pulled over a vehicle driven by Brooklyn Danielle Williams, 22. During the stop, the officer began questioning a passenger, Byron James Shepard, 35. Shepard reportedly gave Terney a false name before fleeing into the woods. The officer gave chase, deploying his taser in an effort to stop the fleeing man. The taser had no effect, however, and Shepard began shooting at the officer, striking him three times. Terney returned fire, shooting Shepard four times. 

Terney died of his injuries the following day at OU Medical Center. Shepard recovered from his injuries and was released from the hospital last week and booked into the Pottawatomie County Jail. He is charged with one count of first degree murder and faces life in prison without parole if convicted of the murder of Officer Terney.

As for the driver in the incident, she was arrested on a complaint of harboring a fugitive and booked into the Pottawatomie County Jail shortly after the shooting. She was released on $75,000 bond.

Under Oklahoma state law, harboring a fugitive is a felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison: "Any person who shall knowingly feed, lodge, clothe, arm, equip in whole or in part, harbor, aid, assist or conceal in any manner any person guilty of any felony, or outlaw, or fugitive from justice, or any person seeking to escape arrest for any felony committed within this state or any other state or territory, shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a period not exceeding ten (10) years."

Shepard has an extensive criminal history with arrests and charges for crimes including kidnapping, domestic abuse, drug possession, feloniously pointing a weapon, transporting a loaded firearm, grand larceny, disposing of stolen property, bogus check, omission to care for a child, and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

At the time of the shooting and his arrest, he was serving a 4-year suspended sentence for omitting to care for a child. His probation was to run until 2020.

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