Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby will be charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, according to the Tulsa County district attorney. Shelby will turn herself in, according to her attorney, Scott Wood.
The Tulsa Police Department said it would make a determination on her employment status after an internal affairs review. Crutcher, 40, was killed Friday night after Shelby came across his SUV in the middle of a two-lane roadway while it was still running. Crutcher ignored dozens of commands Shelby gave him, according to Wood, and she shot him as he allegedly tried to reached his arm into the open driver’s side window.
Another officer who perceived the same threat deployed his Taser at the same time Shelby fired her weapon, Wood said.
Crutcher’s family attorneys maintain that the window was up, which is evidenced by the blood spattered on it when he was shot.
But those orders cannot be heard in the audio from the dashcam video, which starts as another patrol car pulls up to the scene, showing Crutcher walking toward the SUV with his hands up as Shelby follows him, apparently with her weapon drawn and pointing at Crutcher. Keep it locked to Streetz 94.5 for details!!!