(TECUMSEH, Okla.) — A 22-year-old police officer has died after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said Monday.
Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said.
The suspect was also shot and was in intensive care Monday morning, Kidney said.
According to police, Terney pulled over a vehicle about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Kidney said the man ran away as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants.
Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective, Kidney said. The man then shot at Terney, who returned fire. Both men were wounded and taken to OU Medical Center.
Kidney said Terney, who graduated from police academy last summer, was shot several times in the "lower extremities."
He said authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the suspect, who was also shot multiple times."If it is who we think this person is, there's a possibility that he has some warrants," Kidney said. "That could be the reason that he ran."
TECUMSEH, Okla. – Authorities have identified the police officer who was killed in a shooting in Tecumseh.
Sunday night, around 11:30, Officer Justin Terney, 22, pulled over a vehicle near Benson Park and Gordon Cooper.
Police say the suspect ran away and a foot pursuit ensued.
Terney was able to tase the suspect, but police say the suspect was unaffected by the taser.
That is when the suspect reportedly shot Officer Terney three times.
Terney returned fire, striking the suspect approximately four times.
The officer and the suspect were both transported to a local hospital.
Officer Terney underwent surgery and was initially listed in critical condition, police said.
However, authorities have since confirmed that the officer succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
He was on the police force for one year.
The suspect underwent surgery and remains in the ICU. His condition is unknown at this time. He has not been identified.
A woman who was driving the car that the suspect was in is now in custody.
I'm waiting, hoping to learn who the coward is, if he survives~
Terney hadn’t been in the force long before the tragic incident that claimed his life.
He started working for the Tecumseh Police Department in January 2016, not long after he turned 21. Co-workers described Terney as a “gung-ho” officer who seemed grateful to be able to perform his duty.
In addition to serving on the police force full time, Terney was a volunteer firefighter in Pittsburg County.
Justin Terney was a huge fan of the outdoors.
From hunting for turkey, to ducks to deer, to fishing for catfish and bass, Terney was quite the outdoorsman in rural Oklahoma.
On his Facebook page, there are loads of photos showing him outside in the wilderness either hunting or fishing with his friends.
In addition to the hunting and fishing, Terney was a fan of collecting unique rock forms. He listed himself as a “hunter” for Arrowhead Hunters, a group on Facebook that posts pictures of arrowhead rocks that have been discovered.
It wasn’t just serving the local community that Terney fell in love with. He had a soft spot in his heart for dogs.
He had at least one dog of his own, and he “liked” all sorts of K9 pages on his Facebook page. He was a fan of numerous dog trainers throughout the Oklahoma City area, including Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC. in Tulsa, HITS K9 Training and Evolved K9 Training-
According to his Facebook page, Terney lived in Canadian, Oklahoma and graduated from Canadian High School.
Canadian is a small town located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, about 140 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. During the 2010 census, it reported a population of just 220 people.
After he graduated from high school, Terney pursued his dream of serving the community. He studied at Eastern Oklahoma State College, pursuing working to become a Police Officer.
The school is a community college that offers associate degrees and certification programs. It’s located in Wilburton, Oklahoma.
Terney obtained his degree and shortly after doing so, got his first job as a police officer for the Tecumseh Police Department.