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Man charged with murder in Oklahoma officer's death

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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old police officer during a traffic stop.

Court records show Byron James Shepard of Okemah was charged Wednesday in Pottawatomie County in the shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, who died Monday after being shot Sunday. Court records don't list an attorney for Shepard.

Also Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin ordered that all U.S. and state flags in the state fly at half-staff on Friday in honor of Terney.

Officials say Terney stopped a vehicle in which Shepard was a passenger and learned he had a warrant for his arrest. Shepard fled on foot and Terney pursued him before the two exchanged gunfire.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

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