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Patrolman Justin Michael Terney

Tecumseh Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, March 27, 2017

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Reflections for Patrolman Justin Michael Terney

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
NYPD

August 26, 2019

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 27, 2019

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Justin was killed and robbed of his life at such a heartbreakingly young age . Such a brave young warrior was he!

To the Terney family, fellow officers, and all who call Justin beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Patrolman Terney gave to his community and the citizens of Oklahoma , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 27, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 16, 2018

I hope everyone will find comfort in Acts 24:15 - "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Until we see our loved ones again on an earthly Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 24, 2018

Doesn’t seem like a year already brother I’m sure you are greatly missed.

Patrolman Kolton Loving
Broken Bow Police Department

March 27, 2018

Rest easy brother we have the watch from here. I didn’t talk to you in Cleet but I wish I had took the time to get to know you.

Deputy Kolton Loving
McCurtain County SO

December 6, 2017

I live in NZ and save these brave people to a police officer and military board. I find this all so sad and honour these brave men and women

Annon
Concerned person of the humanrace

September 17, 2017

Rest in peace brotha.

Police Officer Rudy Petersen
Montebello

June 5, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. Your courage is something that will be remembered .

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)

May 20, 2017

Rest in Peace Brother. We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.

LT. A. OROZCO
ADOT/ECD

May 8, 2017

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm FrankKapusta
Mohawk PD

May 4, 2017

Your story affects me a lot knowing you were only 2 years older than me ..rest easy I will make sure your legacy lives on..rest easy !!

Student in criminal justice Max Maultsby
N/A

April 29, 2017

Police Officer Justin Terney, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The 84th Municipal Recruit Class will not forget your sacrifice. We have completed the Fallen Officer Drill, in your honor. May you Rest in Peace.

84th Municipal Recruit Class of the Delaware State Police Academy

"Leadership is Earned, not Given."

Ductus Exemplo

April 27, 2017

RIP Brother. May God be with your Family and loved ones. Rest easy now. Protect from above.

Officer Steven Austin
Lawrence TWP P.D. (NJ)

April 21, 2017

My sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of Officer Terney. A life taken too young by a dirtbag who should rot in hell.

SFC William Farrell
US Army MP, Ret

April 20, 2017

Dear Justin:

Once again, vermin rose up from the gutter and did this horrific act. Another bastard who forever hurt a family, an agency, a community and a nation. But enough said about that trash; “For the candle of the wicked shall be put out forever”.

Thank you for the service you provided, the dedication you possessed, and the determination to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Thank you to your family that produced such a fine man, one willing to lay down his life in defense of others. Thank you for living our sacred code, “Protect and serve”.

To the media: Where the hell are you now? I don’t see or hear any demonstrations for a life cut short, of a professional who so believed in our American way of life, that he gave up his for it? I don’t see any banners or billboards being attempted to hang in our nation’s capital showing the grief and the loss suffered by the entire blue line, like I do of the reprehensible signs currently displaying UNTRUTHFUL drawings of police brutality and citizen executions. News flash, media; BLUE LIVES MATTER! And the UNTRUTHFUL few you choose to give coverage to, only have that right to voice UNTRUTHFUL venom, because of sacrifices such as Justin’s. Maybe some coverage of what now takes place in Justin’s family, his agency, his community.

Justin, nothing we say or do can bring you back. But we can, and we do honor your name, your sacrifice, your family’s sacrifice, and you WILL be forever remembered. I am certain that when you passed through the Gates of Heaven, Almighty God said, “Welcome home, Justin”. May Almighty God bless you, your family, and God bless the United States of America.

“Above all else, honor”.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police, (Fl)

April 18, 2017

I was working the night Justin was brought in to the hospital. I spent time with his family and even though I didn't know him. Those that showed up and how his family spoke of him, showed me enough that he was a great man that loved his job.

Patrolman C Griggs
OUHSCPD

April 17, 2017

I did not Know Justin, I'm not even from the US but I always find it so unbelievable that someone can lose their life because of an act of unnecessary violence. A man gone far too early in his life, career.

My condolences are too his family, friends and colleagues..Be strong..

N/A
Member of public

April 12, 2017

To the family of Police Officer Justin Terney, friends, Chief Gary Crosby and the Tecumseh Police Department.
You are lifted up in thought and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Hospital Police, NC

April 10, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department, Texas

April 10, 2017

My son works with Taylor and is very upset over his tragic death. My prayers are with his family.

Diana Beaver
Acquaintance

April 9, 2017

RIP and God Bless. So young. So brave and courageous.

Officer Shaila Ortega
Balch Springs Police Department

April 9, 2017

I just watched your dashcam footage. My prayers go out to your friends and family. Rest in peace brother; You are a hero. God Bless.

Pfc. Meyers
Baltimore County Police

April 7, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police

April 7, 2017

Rest in peace Officer Terney. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the Tecumseh Police Department. Thank you for your dedication and service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

April 7, 2017

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