Oklahoma police officer charged with murdering daughter's boyfriend

OKLAHOMA CITY Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:34pm EDT

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A Tulsa police officer has been charged with first degree murder on suspicion of shooting dead his daughter's boyfriend when the 19-year-old tried to introduce himself, court officials said on Tuesday.

Shannon Kepler, a 24-year police veteran, was charged in Tulsa County Court on Monday with killing Jeremy Lake, and also with shooting with intent to kill at his 18-year-old daughter, Lisa Kepler, in the same Aug. 5 incident. She was not injured.

Lake and Lisa Kepler, who were living together, were walking in front of Lake's house when Shannon Kepler, then off duty, pulled up in his sport utility vehicle, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

He confronted the couple and, when Lake tried to introduce himself, shot at them at close range, according to the document.

Kepler is due to be arraigned on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Heide Brandes; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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AGGNews wrote:
I feel like we’re missing some details here.

Aug 19, 2014 3:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
@AGGNews Of course we are. Media is in a frenzy of police bashing again. It doesn’t matter to them that Kepler was driving his POV when confronting the couple, nor does it matter to them that Lake was not shot in the line of duty.

All that matters to them is that Kepler is in some way affiliated with law enforcement so they can use it for the headline.

The reality is that Lake was shot by a deranged parent in a concealed carry state. The police headline is irrelevant.

Aug 20, 2014 4:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dusche wrote:
I’m sure there is some missing background here to this story. Anyhow, can’t say I’m surprised. If anything, I’m surprised he didn’t get away with it, calling it self defense, he approached the officer with some sort of imaginary mortal threat. 24 years on the force, go figure.

Aug 21, 2014 2:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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