Tecumseh officer dies
SHAWNEE, Okla. —
A Tecumseh police officer has died after being shot three times overnight in Pottawatomie County.
The officer, 22-year-old Justin Terney, was rushed to the OU Medical Center in "serious, critical condition." He later died at the hospital.
“Our departments need all the prayers we can get at this point. We got officers who’s never experienced this, never been through anything like this,” said J.R. Kidney, Assistant Police Chief for the Tecumseh Police Department.
According to police, Terney pulled over the suspect's car for a traffic stop at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, and asked the man to get out of the car. Terney then began to pat down the suspect. That's when he took off towards the woods near Benson Park off Gordon Cooper.
Police said Terney went after the suspect and used a Taser on him. But the Taser did not have any effect on the suspect, who continued to run through the woods.
Police said the suspect ran into a pasture, where he fired shots toward Terney, hitting him in the stomach. Terney fired back at the suspect, hitting him.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. Police said he underwent surgery and is in ICU.