Hero Down: Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney Murdered
Tecumseh, Oklahoma - A traffic stop Sunday night turned violent and Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney, 22, was repeatedly shot. He died of his injuries March 27th, 2017.
The incident began around around 11:30 PM on Sunday night when Terney initiated a traffic stop near Benson Park and Gordon Cooper. According to NEWS 9, a suspect fled from the vehicle during the stop and Terney pursued him on foot.
At some point Terney tazed the suspect as the chase took them in to nearby woods, but it was ineffective. A gunfight ensued and Terney was shot multiple times in the lower extremities. He was able to return fire, striking the suspect. They were both transported to the hospital for care.
According to assistant police chief J.R. Kidney, Terney was initially in "serious, critical condition," after he underwent five hours of surgery overnight.
The police department released this statement:
Tonight around 1130pm Tecumseh police officer was on a traffic stop at Benson Park and Gordon Cooper. Suspect took off on foot and a foot pursuit ensued. Officer was able to taze the subject with no affect. Suspect then shot at officer, officer returned fire. Both officer and suspect were transported to hospital. Officer is in critical condition.
The agency then posted on Facebook asking for people to donate blood for the critically injured officer.
Please share - one of our brothers in blue need your help! We are needing O positive or O negative. Tell them it is for the Tecumseh Officer to ensure it gets to him.
Despite all efforts, Officer Terney succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital.
Authorities are still working to positively identify the suspect in the shooting. Officials have said he was uncooperative during the stop and repeatedly lied about his identity. There is no word on his condition.
Officer Justin Terney is a recent graduate of the police academy, having graduated last summer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tecumseh Police Department, and the family of Officer Terney, both blood and blue.
Officer Justin Terney, your life mattered.