Tulsa police officers arrested for murder after shooting

TULSA, Okla. - Two Tulsa police officers are behind bars for the murder of a 19-year-old man Tuesday night.

Homicide detective Sgt. David Walker says 54-year-old Shannon Kepler, a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, turned himself in following the shooting around 9:15 p.m.  He was arrested for first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.

Kepler's wife, Gina Kepler, who is also a police officer, was arrested for accessory to murder after the fact.

Police say Shannon Kepler confronted his daughter's boyfriend, 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, who was walking with Kepler's daughter near the northwest corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop.  According to the police report, Kepler and Lake argued before Kepler fired at both Lake and his daughter approximately three times each.

Lake was shot and killed. Kepler's daughter was uninjured.

Kepler fled in a black 2007 Suburban, police say.

According to the police report, investigators called the Keplers and spoke with Gina, who said she and her husband would surrender to police, leaving the gun in the trunk of her car; however, investigators have been unable to locate the car and the weapon.

Police say the Keplers are not cooperating with the search for the vehicle and weapon.

Both Shannon and Gina Kepler joined the Tulsa police force Aug. 13, 1990.  They are now on administrative leave.

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