Tulsa Cop Fatally Shoots Down Daughter’s Boyfriend While He Was Introducing Himself
Two Tulsa police officers, who are married to each other, were arrested in connection to the shooting death of their daughter’s boyfriend. 19-year-old Jeremy Lake was shot and killed near downtown Tulsa on Tuesday night. According to the couple’s daughter, her father shot at her, too.
Officer Shannon Kepler, a 24-yar veteran of the Tulsa police Department, is in jail on a complaint of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Gina, his wife, also a police officer, is booked on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact, according to Fox 23.
“It was definitely a premeditated, murder. How could somebody go off and kill somebody they don’t know in cold blood and just drive away?” asked 18-year-old Lisa Kepler, the girlfriend of the deceased.
Lista told Fox 23 that her parents were fed up with her making bad choices and dropped her off at the Tulsa Day Center, a homeless shelter, just last week.
It was there that she met Jeremy Lake.
Police reports say that Lisa and Lake were walking back from Guthrie Green Tuesday night when Lisa’s father drove up in his black SUV.
Tulsa World reports that Lisa said her father shouted at her and that as Lake attempted to introduce himself, Shannon Kepler shot him.
23-year-0ld Josh Mills, a friend of Lake’s, said he witnessed the shooting and said Shannon Kepler also fired a shot at Lake’s 13-year-old brother, who was sitting on the front porch. That bullet ricocheted and grazed the boy in the upper arm, according to Mills.
Mills rushed to Lake’s side and tried stop the bleeding and locate the bullet wounds. According to Mills, who has had paramedic training, it appeared Lake had been shot in the chest and neck from about 3-feet away.
“He was like a brother to me for two weeks,” Mills said with tears in his eyes.
According to KJRH, police say the couple is not cooperating with the search for the vehicle and weapon. The Kepplers are on administrative leave.
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