A Tulsa police officer has been charged in last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black driver.
Officer Betty Shelby was charged with manslaughter in the first degree for the shooting of Terence Crutcher on Friday night. At a news conference held today (September 22), Tulsa County district attorney, Steve Kunzweiler, announced the officer, who is white, has been charged in the shooting death of the 40-year-old father of four.
"In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine that the filing of the felony crime of manslaughter in the first degree against the Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is warranted," Kunzweiler said.
Crutcher was shot and killed as he approached his SUV with his arms raised late Friday and the incident was caught on police helicopter and dashcam video. Footage revealed him with his arms raised, being Tasered by officer Tyler Turnbough, and then fatally shot by officer Betty Shelby. Both officers were responding to reports of an abandoned vehicle blocking a road. Shelby was placed on paid administrative leave.
A warrant has been issued for Shelby's arrest, and as per Kunzweiler, arrangements were being made with her lawyer for her surrender to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department.