On Jan. 17, former Austinite Terence Walker was on his way to AutoZone in Muskogee to pick up a part for his broken-down car. He asked a friend to take a detour and go to Old Agency Baptist Church so he could speak to his girlfriend Tia.
That was the last hour of the 21-year-old’s life.
Muskogee Police Department Sgt. Michael Mahan says officers were initially called to the church about an apparent domestic disturbance involving Terence and his girlfriend. Police said Tia had entered the church to attend a wedding but Terence was outside with a gun and asked her to come out.
When an officer arrived at the church, some words were exchanged and police said that’s when Terence took off running. While running, an item fell from him and Terence reached to pick it up, he then turned toward the officer. The officer fired multiple times, killing Terence. Authorities say a loaded semi-automatic pistol was recovered near his body…
What are your thoughts about the shooting? Was it justified? Was it a reasonable use of force?