Authorities tracked down an Oklahoma City suspect on Tuesday less than 24 hours after police said he killed someone. Oklahoma City police, U.S. Marshals and other local agencies assisted in capturing Terry Shaffer, 62, in Lincoln County.
The man on the run was captured about 20 miles from where Oklahoma City police responded to a domestic call Monday evening.
“The calling party indicated that there was a male there,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Terry Shaffer who was very upset and upon further interviewing the reporting person, it was determined that Mr. Shaffer told this person or indicated that he harmed someone in a trailer.”
The call came from a home near north Henney Road and Memorial Road. When officers arrived to the area, they searched the trailer.
“They found a deceased female in there,” said Knight. “She had obvious signs of homicide and she was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Police said Shaffer fled the scene in a Chevy truck. He was reportedly last seen driving towards the Luther area. Police in Luther said the suspect was a familiar face. He was arrested in Luther several times in recent months.
This time Shaffer faced a first-degree murder complaint out of Oklahoma City.
The U.S. Marshalls, Oklahoma City police and a number of other agencies cornered Shaffer in rural Lincoln County.
Investigators now have to determine Shaffer's relationship to the murder victim.
“We’re piecing all of that together,” said Knight. “The victim is yet to be positively identified. We believe we know who she is but don’t want to release it until we’ve verified that information and made next of kin notification.”
Shaffer was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries he received during the arrest. He will then be booked into jail.
Shaffer has a long criminal record. He has been convicted on a number of violent felonies.