Patrolman Justin Michael Terney

Patrolman Justin Michael Terney

Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, March 27, 2017

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Justin Michael Terney

Patrolman Justin Terney was shot and killed while pursuing a fleeing subject at approximately 11:30 pm.

He conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near South Cooper Drive and Benson Park Road. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and Patrolman Terney pursued him. Patrolman Terney deployed his taser, but it had no effect on the man. The subject then drew a firearm and shot Officer Terney several times. Patrolman Terney was able to return fire, striking the subject numerous times.

Patrolman Terney was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.

Patrolman Terney, who was also a volunteer firefighter with the Sam’s Point Fire Department, had served with the Tecumseh Police Department for one year.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 26, 2017
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

foot pursuit, traffic stop

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5K planned to honor life of fallen Tecumseh police officer
POSTED 10:40 AM, AUGUST 26, 2019

TECUMSEH, Okla. – Over two years after a young Tecumseh officer was killed in the line of duty, organizers are planning an event to honor his life and help others in need.

On March 26, 2017, Tecumseh Officer Justin Terney pulled over Brooklyn Williams and Byron Shepard for a traffic violation. He had no idea at the time that Shepard was wanted for stealing a pickup and equipment from an oil drilling company.

Officer Terney told Shepard he needed to be honest and give him some identification, but Shepard ended up running into a wooded area.

You can hear Officer Terney screaming, “You’re going to get tased! Stop!”

District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Officer Terney tased Shepard as they cleared a fence.

In the video, you can hear Officer Terney say, “Central, I’ve been hit.”

“We believe Officer Terney returned fire after he was hit,” Smothermon said. Smothermon said Terney was shot twice, and Shepard was shot at least three times.

They were both rushed to nearby hospitals, but Terney died from his injuries.

More than two years after his death, organizers are planning a run to honor his life.

The 'Officer Justin Terney 5k Run' will be held on Sept. 21 at the Tecumseh Police Department. The run begins at 8 a.m.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Officer Justin Terney Scholarship Fund.

Retired Police Officer

August 26, 2019

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