Two Tulsa husband and wife police officers are behind bars after the shooting death of their adopted daughter’s boyfriend in front of his home on Tuesday night.
Police say that Shannon Kepler 54, a 24-year veteran of the department who worked at the police academy, drove his black SUV up to 19 year-old Jeremy Lake’s home at about 9:15 Tuesday evening and began to argue with him. Witnesses said that Kepler suddenly began to fire at the young man, also firing at his daughter and Lake’s 13 year-old brother.
Lake was struck once in the chest and died on the scene. His brother was grazed in the shoulder by a ricochet. Kepler’s daughter was uninjured saying that at first she attempted to stop her father but then ran and hid behind a rose bush in the yard.
After the shooting Kepler, drove away but later turned himself in to police who arrested him and charged him with first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. His wife Gina, 48, also a 24 year veteran of the department and a patrol officer, was arrested on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.
Police said that the two were both off duty at the time of the shooting and that the weapon was a private firearm, not his service weapon, and that the two have been placed on administrative leave until they are formally charged.
Lisa Kepler said that her parents had kicked her out of the house for having made “bad life decisions” although she declined to elaborate on what those decisions were. They had driven her to a local homeless shelter and dropped her off. She met Lake at the shelter and he had offered to take her in and allow her to live in the home he shared with his aunt Pam Wilkins.
She told reporters for Tulsa World that she and Lake were walking home when her father pulled up, got out of his SUV and started shouting at her. When Lake attempted to introduce himself, she said Shannon Kepler drew his weapon and began to fire at point blank range.
In tears she told the reporter, “I’m not scared of my dad,” while expressing her disbelief that he would fire on someone he had never met.
“I really hope they rot in prison for a very long time,” she said.
Watch Lisa Kepler talk about the shooting in the video below.