Betty Shelby, the Tulsa Police Department officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, has been officially charged with manslaughter. According to an affidavit filed Thursday, Officer Shelby overreacted in her approach to Crutcher and didn’t use proper protocol while on the scene.
NBC News reports that the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office announced a charge of first-degree manslaughter for Shelby, using video footage of the fatal altercation to determine their case. In the DA Office’s investigation, they found that Shelby acted on impulse rather than rely on her police training.
From NBC News:
Officer Shelby had been assigned to a domestic violence call Friday evening when she came upon Crutcher and his vehicle in the road, according to an affidavit requesting a warrant for Shelby’s arrest.
Shelby approached the vehicle and asked Crutcher if it belonged to him and was disabled, but Crutcher was mumbling to himself and not answering her questions, according to the affidavit.
At that point, Crutcher walked toward his vehicle with his hands up and did not respond to Shelby’s commands for him to stop. Officer Turnbough then arrives and after Crutcher he reached in the driver’s side front window of his vehicle, he fired his Taser and Shelby fired one shot striking Crutcher in the lung, according to the affidavit.
Crutcher’s family and attorney disputed Shelby’s claim that the man wasn’t compliant. There have also been questions about a reported vial of PCP found inside Crutcher’s vehicle and an official toxicology report has yet to surface. Shelby was released earlier this morning on $50,000 bond according to CNN. Shelby’s charge carries a potential sentence of four years to life.
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