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Heartbreaking moment police chief hugs father of girl, 17, at her funeral after his officers killed her in shootout

THIS is the heartbreaking moment a police chief hugged the dad of a 17-year-old girl at her funeral after one of his officers killed her in a shootout.

Chief Johnny Teehee of Muskogee, Oklahoma spoke about forgiveness at the funeral of Farrah Rauch in Blair, Nebraska.

Police chief Johnny Teehee spoke about forgiveness at the funeral and embraced the teenager's grieving dad

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Police chief Johnny Teehee spoke about forgiveness at the funeral and embraced the teenager’s grieving dad
Farrah Rauch was shot dead after she fired at cops while running from an attempted carjacking

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Farrah Rauch was shot dead after she fired at cops while running from an attempted carjacking

Rauch was shot dead in Muskogee on February 28 after she fired at cops while running from an attempted carjacking, police said.

Her 17-year-old boyfriend Joseph Dugan shot himself at the scene.

Four cops were placed on leave during the investigation into the incident.

Teehee was invited to speak at the girl’s funeral and embraced Rauch’s father, Steven, during the emotional ceremony at Blair’s Christ Lutheran Church.

Rauch’s grieving dad, who said he forgives the cops, also invited the four officers involved, but Teehee said they “didn’t think they were ready to do this”.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Teehee said: “They said, ‘Chief, I’m not going to be able to do this, but will you let this family know that I love them, and we hold no ill will?'”

Speaking at the funeral, Teehee said: “What is the message that we can take from this young life, that we can carry on from this point on and revert back to that?

“To me that message is forgiveness.”

Rauch's dad said his daughter was in a 'dark cycle' when she was shot dead

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Rauch’s dad said his daughter was in a ‘dark cycle’ when she was shot dead
Her 17-year-old boyfriend Joseph Dugan shot himself at the scene

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Her 17-year-old boyfriend Joseph Dugan shot himself at the scene

“I’m going to carry this message of forgiveness for Farrah and I’m going to use that,” Teehee said, according to Net Nebraska.

“That’s going to be the title of a message I’m going to carry from the time I walk out this door, whether I’m talking to my police officers, whether I’m talking to my football team, whether I’m talking to youth at church, at church camps, I’m going to use that.”    

Steven said he spoke with Teehee after his daughter was tragically killed.

“If I was on the opposite side of this situation, I would hope that somebody would take the time to walk me through the process and help me understand what took place and what happened,” Teehee said, according to KETV. 

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Steven told the funeral congregation that his daughter “touched many hearts” but she was in a “dark cycle” when she was shot dead.

“She always did everything to the fullest, and unfortunately she took to the dark side and she got caught up in that,” he said.

“I think she couldn’t break that insanity cycle of doing the same thing over and over again.”

Bodycam footage shows an eight-minute car chase and a shootout between Rauch and the cops

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Bodycam footage shows an eight-minute car chase and a shootout between Rauch and the cops
The couple jumped out of the truck after blowing a tire from spike strips and cops said Rauch fired multiple rounds

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The couple jumped out of the truck after blowing a tire from spike strips and cops said Rauch fired multiple rounds
The officers reportedly shot Rauch after she lifted and pointed a weapon at the cops

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The officers reportedly shot Rauch after she lifted and pointed a weapon at the cops
Rauch led officers on a seven-and-a-half mile high speed chase up and down Highway 69

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Rauch led officers on a seven-and-a-half mile high speed chase up and down Highway 69
Muskogee Police said the incident was 'traumatic' for all the officers involved

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Muskogee Police said the incident was ‘traumatic’ for all the officers involved

He reportedly said officers “were doing their jobs, they’re in pain and they had no idea that they were even teens”.

Rauch reportedly ran away from home in Blair when she was 14 and traveled to Florida and Arkansas with her boyfriend before the she was killed in Oklahoma.   

The bodycam footage from the incident, published earlier this week, shows an eight-minute car chase and a shootout between Rauch and the cops.

Rauch led officers on a seven-and-a-half mile high speed chase up and down Highway 69 after cops said she and Dugan stole a truck, KJRH reports.

The young couple jumped out of the truck after blowing a tire from spike strips and cops said Rauch fired multiple rounds at Officer Evan Hendricks but missed.

The officers reportedly shot and killed Rauch after she lifted and pointed a weapon at the cops.

Muskogee Police said the shootout was “traumatic” for all the officers.

“Officer Hendricks, he’s in his 40s. The other ones are all older and they’ve all got kids and we’ve both got teenage daughters. So, it was traumatic on the whole department,” Deputy Chief Chad Farmer said.

Rauch and her boyfriend’s families have reportedly seen the bodycam footage of the shootout after Teehee reached out to them.

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