Dashcam Video Captures Deadly Tecumseh Officer-Involved Shooting

Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 11:13 pm

By: News 9

“The war on police has got to stop,” said D.A. Richard Smothermon.

Tecumseh Officer Justin Terney took two bullets in a traffic-stop shootout, March 26.

He did not survive.

Byron Shepard, 35, is charged with first degree murder in Pottawatomie County District Court.

Prosecutors said dash camera video from Officer Terney's patrol car showed he did everything right during the stop.

“He was a perfect gentleman to the driver of the vehicle and the suspect until such time as he ran," said DA Richard Smothermon.

The video starts with Terney stopping a white Buick for a defective light.

The driver, Brooklyn Williams claimed she didn’t not have her license. She provided her information to the officer, but her passenger was not so forthcoming.

The passenger gave the name James Bishop, later identified as Byron Shepard.

Officer Terney can be seen returning to the patrol car to verify the information with dispatch.

The fake name did not check out.

Officer Terney returned to the passenger side of the car and asked Shepard to step out.

The two made small talk for three minutes while the dispatcher ran the fake name.

Shepard continued to provide bogus information and Officer Terney appeared to become suspicious.

"I think you are lying to me. Are you lying to me? What's your real name?" Terney questioned.

The video showed Shepard turning his back and running toward a field.

D.A. Richard Smothermon said Officer Terney also Taserd Shepard as he jumped a fence.

The two went out of the dash cameras sight, but the audio can still be heard.

"You are going to get tased again, " Terney shouted and then several gunshots could be heard.

Prosecutors said Shepard shot officer Terney twice, but he managed to return fire hitting Shepard in the arm, chest and groin.

A backup officer arrested Shepard. Prosecutors said they recovered his .9mm semi-automatic pistol and drugs from his pocket.

Shepard has been in the hospital since the incident. At last check, he's been upgraded to serious condition.

Smothermon said he could undergo one more surgery before released from the hospital.

He will then be booked in to the Pottawatomie County Jail for murder.

"The war on police has got to stop," Smothermon said, but he would not say if the state will seek the death penalty.

"Emotions are running to high right now," he explained.

Meanwhile, the driver Brooklyn Williams is in jail for harboring a fugitive. She allegedly admitted to investigators that she knew her boyfriend Shepard had warrants for his arrest.

Prosecutors said the investigation is ongoing and she could face additional charges.


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