Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter in shooting of unarmed man whose car had broken down

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler told reporters Thursday.

Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his SUV broke down last week.

Officer Betty Shelby (Photo: Tulsa Police Department)

Officer Betty Shelby (Photo: Tulsa Police Department)

“We reviewed the facts of the allegations, it is our responsibility to determine if the filing of a criminal charge is justified under the law,” Kurnzweiler said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Shelby and arrangements have been made for her surrender, he said. Shelby turned herself in early Friday morning and was booked at the county jail. She was released shortly after that on $50,000 bond.

Through her attorney Shelby has said Crutcher was behaving strangely and ignoring her commands, and she was afraid that he might be reaching for a weapon.

Multiple police cameras, including ones mounted in squad cars and in a helicopter, captured the Crutcher shooting on tape. In the video, Crutcher can be seen with his hands raised above his head prior to his death. He walks away from Shelby towards his car.

None of the video showed whether the window was open or closed.

There was no weapon found in the car.

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