Lawyer for a Okla. cop charged with manslaughter in connection with fatally shooting unarmed man says his client 'wishes this never happened'

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



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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.