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The Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Is Actually Being Charged

Betty Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

by VICE Staff
Sep 22 2016, 8:46pm

Thumbnail photo of Officer Shelby via Associated Press

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby has been charged after fatally shooting Terence Crutcher last Friday, according to a local Fox affiliate.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced Thursday afternoon that Tulsa County will be charging Shelby with first-degree manslaughter and that a warrant has been issued for the officer's arrest. She is expected to turn herself in.

Shelby came across Crutcher last Friday night after finding his car stalled on a Tulsa roadway. The 40-year-old unarmed black man was tasered by another officer following a rapid confrontation, and he was subsequently shot and killed by Shelby.

Shelby claimed she felt threatened by Crutcher and that he may have been on PCP; the drug was found in his car after his death. Video footage of the shooting from a helicopter and dash cam shows Crutcher had his hands up before the officer fired on him. Chief Chuck Jordan of the Tulsa Police Department has said the man did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

Kunzweiler said that Crutcher has been "on the hearts and minds of many people in this community," during the press conference that addressed the decision.

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