Help Support Fallen Officer Justin Terney’s Family Through The Holidays

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Justin Terney was just 22 years old when he was shot & killed in the line of duty on March 27, 2017. He served with Tecumseh PD in Tecumseh, OK and had just graduated from the CLEET academy in July 2016. He was also a volunteer firefighter. When he wasn't protecting his community, Justin enjoyed hunting, fishing, & spending time with his nieces & nephews. Justin was often seen drinking chocolate milk or eating no bake cookies. He aspired to be a K9 officer and was in the process of training a K9, Onyx.

Officer Terney pulled over a vehicle on the evening of March 26th 2017 for a burnt out tag light. Neither the driver nor the passenger would present a DL, so officer Terney asked dispatch to run their names. The names were invalid. Terney then asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle to question him outside. Dispatch then identified the passenger as wanted felon, Byron Shepard. Shepard ran into nearby woods and Terney followed on foot. As Shepard jumped over a fence, Terney deployed his taser, but it was ineffective. After Terney jumped the fence, Shepard fired his hand gun and hit Terney 3 times. Terney returned fire & notified dispatch he had been hit. Terney was rushed to OU Med where he underwent emergency surgery, but later succumbed to his wounds March 27th.

Justins family was his life. Everyone was very close & the month of December will be very hard for them. His birthday is December 14th and Christmas is obviously right around the corner. Justin dedicated his life to law enforcement and protecting his community. His family supported him 110%. His nieces & nephews looked up to him in so many ways. We believe it would be very beneficial to purchase Christmas gifts for his nieces & nephews in Justin's honor & memory. They would be gifts from him essentially.


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