Tulsa police officer awarded Medal of Valor

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa police officer was awarded the Medal of Valor after a 2019 shooting that left two people wounded.

Officer Michael Terwilliger saved lives on May 10, 2019 after Derrec Shaw, 25, went on a shooting spree near I-44 and South Peoria, police said.

“For his extraordinary efforts, personal courage, selflessness and devotion to duty on this day, Officer Michael Terwilliger is awarded the Medal of Valor,” Tulsa police said in a press release.

Shaw shot one person at a Cici’s Pizza and one person at China Wok near 48th Street and South Peoria on May 10, 2019, police said.

Shaw then went Shaw then went to a nearby hotel, where he pointed the gun at the clerk and paced around in the lobby area before leaving.

“As Officer Terwilliger arrived, Shaw ran across Skelly and up onto I-44,” police said. “Officers had been made aware of the active shooter status by this point and Officer Terwilliger followed Shaw up the embankment.”

Several witnesses told police Shaw was firing at cars as he was in the middle of traffic.

Officer Terwilliger used his patrol rifle and fired twice, killing Shaw and ending the threat of Shaw shooting anyone else, police said.

Medal of Valor An award to any member of the Tulsa Police Department for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism...

Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Thursday, January 21, 2021