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Married police officers arrested in fatal shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two Tulsa police officers who are married have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their daughter, authorities said.

Jeremy Lake was found shot to death Tuesday night on a street near downtown, Tulsa police department spokeswoman Jillian Roberson said.

Shannon Kepler, 54, was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and Gina Kepler, 48, was arrested on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact. Both were booked Tuesday night in the Tulsa County jail. It wasn't immediately clear whether they have attorneys.

The Keplers are City of Tulsa police officers, have 24 years on the force and were off duty at the time of the shooting, Roberson said.

Lake was walking with the Keplers' 18-year-old daughter, Lisa Kepler, when Shannon Kepler confronted him, Roberson said. An argument ensued and the father lashed out, shooting Lake, Roberson said. Lisa Kepler started to run, and was shot at, but the bullet missed, Roberson said.

Lisa Kepler said at a news conference Wednesday that her parents had kicked her out of their home a week ago, and she said was living with Lake at the time of the shooting.

"I don't know what could have led them to do this," she said. "They didn't even know Jeremy."

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said in a statement that "the circumstances around this incident drives home the fact that domestic violence is a societal problem and transcends all economic groups."

"I as well as the whole department am saddened for both families involved in this tragic event," Jordan said. Roberson did not immediately return a message late Wednesday seeking clarification on what Jordan meant in reference to domestic violence.

The Keplers are on paid administrative leave, Roberson said.

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briock August 06 2014 at 10:38 PM

"Paid" administrative leave? Really? Wow.

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Applez64 August 06 2014 at 10:45 PM

They killed their daughters friend, shot at her and they are on 'administrative leave'? What's wrong with this picture?

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lesatlesa August 06 2014 at 11:18 PM

This article left out so much information. The Keplers threw their daughter out of the house and dropped her off at a Homeless Day Center. There she met Jeremy Lake, a black teenager, who lived with his aunt. Lake offered Lisa Kepler a place to live after they started dating. The parents went to the Lake's home and Mr. Kepler got out and walked toward the couple. Jeremy Lake put out his hand and introduced himself to Mr. Kepler and was shot. Lisa Kepler hid behind bushes as her father shot at her and then got back in his SUV and left. That's not domestic violence, that's murder.

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Paul August 06 2014 at 10:10 PM

Just another couple of level-headed law enforcement officers, NOT !!! They need to be booted off the force and not allowed to work in the profession again. Use their pensions to pay the victim's family.

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mesager42 August 06 2014 at 10:51 PM

Two adults were walking together - one 19 and the other 18 , and these two jerks had the audacity to murder him and attempt to kill their daughter? No one needs them policing anything other than the inside of a prison cell for at least 20+ years.

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tmspitrow August 06 2014 at 10:41 PM


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englishfleck August 06 2014 at 11:38 PM

USA's police dept has become a well equipped third world dept .

I can't fathom such low standards in Europe when it comes to some of the human trash which USA calls "law enforcement "

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ddiribbons August 06 2014 at 11:24 PM

The parents didn't like the daughter having a relationship with a black guy.

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mhagerinteriors August 06 2014 at 11:40 PM

Well, why is anybody shocked? I mean he was black for God's sake. Just like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. It's totally ok to shoot and strangle black people isn't it? That's the vibe I'm getting from Florida and Staten Island. For God's sake let these two go free!!!!!!!

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theomegaman72 August 06 2014 at 10:59 PM

got to love the mental giants here who don't understand innocent until proven guilty and are confused why these 2 are are paid leave right now

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