White police officers arrested for murdering daughter’s black boyfriend
Two Tulsa, Oklahoma police officers were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a deadly shooting.
Shannon Kepler, 54, and his wife Gina Kepler, 48, were taken into custody regarding the death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, a black teen who was dating their daughter.
According to jail records, Lake was walking with the Keplers’ daughter when they were confronted by a man driving a black 2007 Suburban. The daughter told police she recognized the SUV as her father’s so she walked over and spoke to him. She told police her father asked what she was doing in that area and she walked away. That’s when Lake approached the Suburban and told Kepler he was the daughter’s boyfriend, she told police.
The daughter said her father shot Lake two or three times, then shot at her two or three times, but missed. Kepler then drove off, according to the daughter.
A woman who said she’s a relative of Lake told News On 6 he worked at the Day Center for the Homeless and met the Keplers’ daughter there when she needed a place to stay, and she had been staying with him recently. […] Shannon Kepler was booked into the Tulsa County jail for 1st Degree Murder and Shooting with Intent to Kill. Gina Kepler was booked for Accessory after the Fact.
According to police Sgt. Walker, detectives called Kepler’s wife, and she told them she knew why they were calling and that her and her husband were not at home.
The couple surrendered after an extended period of time. Detectives are still looking for the Suburban and the weapon used in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
The Keplers, who have both been placed on administrative leave, have been with the department for 24 years each.
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