Oklahoma: Justin Terney’s death has shocked people in Oklahoma and across the US. The young police officer who had joined the Tecumseh Police Department merely last year after turning 21, lost his life while chasing a suspect.
The police officer who wanted to be a canine trainer, and had shown consistent interest in dealing with dogs and training them, was lost to a mindless shooting exchange. His family and friends are stunned by the sudden death of a young man full of vigor and life.
Two days ago, Tecumseh Police Assistant Chief J.R. Kidney told the media that the officer shot was in serious condition. Later it was told that he had been taken to an operation theatre, where he was operated upon. But on Monday, Tecumseh Police Assistant Chief J.R. Kidney told the media that the young man was dead. He couldn’t be revived, despite all efforts by doctors, the media was told.
While talking about the sequence of events, surrounding his death, police told the media that that Terney was actually performing a routine traffic stop at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, which is just over 30 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The young police recruit reportedly demanded the male passenger in the car to exit the vehicle. When the passenger came out of the vehicle and as he started patting him down, the suspect who is yet to be recognized fled from the scene and headed into the nearby woods.
It is said that the 22-year old police officer followed the suspect. Later he also used his official stun gun to control and stop the suspect. Later he was shot at by the suspect three times in the stomach. Later, Terney returned the fire and wound the suspect, who was also transported to a nearby hospital.
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Officer Justin Terney of Oklahoma killed in traffic stop shootout; is the 9th police officer killed in the line of duty this year pic.twitter.com/NbmYOYKDRq
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A report says that the suspect might have a warrant against him and this made him flee the scene. Reports suggest that a woman who was travelling in the same car has been taken into custody as well.