Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2014 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was later arrested as an accessory to murder, reports KJRH Tulsa. Both are 24-year veterans of the Tulsa Police Department and are now on paid leave pending formal charges.

In another interview with KJRH Tulsa, the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Lisa, says her parents kicked her out a week ago and dropped her off at a homeless shelter, where she met 19-year-old Jeremy Lake and the two began seeing each other. "He was my everything," she said. They spent the week at Jeremy's family's house, which is where her father tracked her down. "We were outside for five minutes and that's when my dad pulled up," she said. "There was no argument. I walked away and Jeremy tried to introduce himself and my dad shot him." Kepler allegedly fired at each teenager three times, according to the police report, killing Jeremy but leaving Lisa unharmed. (Also this week, a woman tried to steal a cop car—with the cops inside.)

Lisa Kepler, daughter of officer Shannon Kepler, hugs Pam Wilkins on the steps of her home in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 6, 2014, the morning after Jeremy Lake was allegedly shot by her Shannon Kepler.
Lisa Kepler, daughter of officer Shannon Kepler, hugs Pam Wilkins on the steps of her home in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 6, 2014, the morning after Jeremy Lake was allegedly shot by her Shannon Kepler.   (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke)
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