Terry is a native Houstonian, who grew up in northeast Houston. He graduated from the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in 1994. He attended the University of Houston. Terry graduated from the police academy in March of 2000, and was assigned to Westside nights until promoting to sergeant in March of 2007. He has since served at the Beechnut, South Central, and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Houston Police Foundation. He has two teenage sons, Christopher and Rhett, who he spends most of his off-duty time with.