The lawyer for a Okla. police officer charged with manslaughter in connection with fatally shooting an unarmed man, says his client “wishes this never happened.” This comes as the victim's family calls for changes in police procedure.
Tulsa officer Betty Shelby “reacted unreasonably” when she fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, prosecutors wrote in an affidavit filed with the charge on Thursday. Police also acted quickly to provide videos of the shooting to black community leaders and members of Crutcher’s family and then released them to the public.
Shelby was booked in the Tulsa County jail at 1:11 a.m. Friday and released 20 minutes later after posting $50,000 bond, according to jail records.
Crutcher died from a “penetrating gunshot wound of chest,” the Oklahoma state medical examiner’s office said Friday, classifying the death as a homicide. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said a full autopsy report and toxicology results are not yet complete.
-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer, from wire reports