Medical Examiner Calls Tulsa Police Shooting a Homicide

Officer Betty Shelby turns herself in, is released on bond
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2016 10:40 AM CDT
Medical Examiner Calls Tulsa Police Shooting a Homicide
The booking photo of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby.   (Tulsa County Inmate Information Center via AP)

The Oklahoma man killed by police this week died from a "penetrating gunshot wound of chest," the state medical examiner's office said Friday, classifying the death as a homicide. However, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said a full autopsy report and toxicology results are not yet complete, reports AP. Meanwhile, officer Betty Shelby was booked in the Tulsa County jail at 1:11am Friday on charges of first-degree manslaughter and released 20 minutes later after posting $50,000 bond, according to jail records. 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.

Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said her family is pleased with the charge, but she and her attorneys want a conviction. "The family wants and deserves full justice," said attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons. Dashcam and aerial footage of the shooting showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air. The footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the fatal shot. Her attorney has said Crutcher was not following police commands and that Shelby opened fire when the man began to reach into his SUV window. Police have said they found a vial of PCP in Crutcher's vehicle, and Shelby's attorney has said Shelby thought Crutcher was acting like he was under the influence of the drug. (More Tulsa stories.)

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