The Latest: Police say slain officer wanted to be canine cop

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Posted: Mar 27, 2017 2:38 PM

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on a traffic-stop shootout that killed an Oklahoma police officer and critically wounded another man (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Police in Oklahoma say a 22-year-old officer who died Monday after a shootout during a traffic stop aspired to be a canine officer.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney tells The Oklahoman that officer Justin Terney had recently gotten a puppy. Kidney says Terney grew up in the eastern Oklahoma town of Canadian and was a volunteer firefighter.

Kidney says Terney exchanged gunfire with a man who ran away during a traffic stop Sunday night. That man was wounded and remains in a hospital, and authorities are working to identify him.

Kidney says police believe he may have fled because he had an outstanding warrant.

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1:10 p.m.

Oklahoma congressmen have expressed their condolences after a 22-year-old police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight.

Republican Sen. James Lankford said Terney made the ultimate sacrifice and that he was praying for comfort and peace for the officer's family.

Republican Rep. Steve Russell, whose district includes Tecumseh, said the slaying should serve as a reminder of the work law enforcement does every day.

Kidney said the man who fired on Terney was also shot multiple times and in intensive care Monday morning.

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9:55 a.m.

Police say a 22-year-old Oklahoma officer has died after a shootout during a traffic stop.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney says officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight.

The suspect in Terney's death also was struck by gunfire. Kidney says that man remains hospitalized for his wounds.

Police say the traffic stop happened at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Tecumseh police say the suspect ran away from the officer after the traffic stop and later opened fire after the officer used a stun gun.

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8:25 a.m.

Authorities say a 22-year-old Oklahoma police officer who had recently graduated police academy was critically wounded in a shootout with a man during a traffic stop. The suspected shooter was also struck by gunfire.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney on Monday identified the wounded officer as Justin Terney, who graduated last summer from police academy. Kidney says Terney exchanged gunfire with a man who ran away during a traffic stop Sunday night.

Kidney says authorities are working to identify the suspect, but believe he may have fled because he had an outstanding warrant. He says that man is in intensive care for his gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Terney was shot several times "in the lower extremities." Kidney says the officer underwent surgery overnight and remains in serious but critical condition.

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7:30 a.m.

Authorities say an Oklahoma police officer is in critical condition after he was shot during a traffic stop. Police say the suspected shooter was also wounded and taken to a hospital.

Police say the traffic stop happened at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Tecumseh police say the suspect ran away from the officer after the traffic stop and later opened fire after the officer used a stun gun.

Police say the officer returned fire, and the suspect was wounded.

Tecumseh police say the officer is in critical condition Monday morning at OU Medical Center. Police plan to release more information at a press conference later Monday.