SHAWNEE, Okla. – A woman who was with a man accused of killing an Oklahoma police officer went before a judge this month.
On March 26, Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney pulled over a vehicle near Benson Park and Gordon Cooper.
The driver of the vehicle, Brooklyn Williams, stopped the car and handed over her driver’s license to Officer Terney. The passenger in the car, 36-year-old Byron Shepard, lied about his name because he was wanted for stealing a pickup and equipment from an oil drilling company.
When Terney pressed Shepard to be honest, Shepard ran off into a wooded area by the road.
Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon says Officer Terney tased Shepard as they cleared a fence in the woods.
Moments later, Terney radioed dispatchers, saying, "Central, I've been hit."
“We believe Officer Terney returned fire after he was hit,” Smothermon told News 4.
Smothermon says Terney was shot twice, and Shepard was shot at least three times. Both were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Sadly, the 22-year-old officer succumbed to his injuries and passed away after surgery.
Shepard was charged with first-degree murder, and prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty in the case.
The woman who was driving the vehicle, Brooklyn Williams, was also charged.
Prosecutors charged Williams with one count of second-degree murder.
On Wednesday, Williams entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge, according to the Shawnee News Star.
Court documents show that a judge found there was enough evidence to send both Shepard's and Williams' cases to trial.
Shepard's next court date is set for Dec. 13.