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DA: Man Suspected in Officer's Shooting Death Faced Charge

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Oklahoma court records show that a 35-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a 22-year-old police officer in a shootout during a traffic stop faced a charge of knowingly concealing stolen property.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon identified the suspect Tuesday as Byron James Shepard. Shepard is suspected of fatally shooting Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney on Sunday night. Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight.

Authorities say Shepard was also struck by gunfire and remains hospitalized.

Officials say Terney pulled over a vehicle containing Shepard, of Okemah, at about 11:30 p.m. and learned Shepard had an outstanding warrant. He was charged in Okfuskee County District Court on Feb. 22 with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property.

Shepard fled into a wooded area and was pursued by Terney.