Man Charged in Killing of Oklahoma Police Officer

Officer Justin Terney; Photo: via cnn.com

Officer Justin Terney; Photo: via cnn.com

The man suspected of shooting and killing an Oklahoma police officer over the weekend has been charged with first-degree murder. 

Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, 22, was shot and killed after pulling over suspect Byron James Shepard, 35, late Sunday night.

During the car stop a foot chase ensued and Officer Terney used his taser to try and apprehend Shepard; however, it was not effective.

Shepard then allegedly opened fire on Officer Terney, striking him three times. Officer Terney returned fire, wounding Shepard. 

Officer Terney succumbed to his injuries the following day. He had been with the force for one year. 

Shepard, who has a lengthy criminal history, has now been charged with one count of first-degree murder. 

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