Tulsa Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter [Photo]
On Thursday Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler reported that Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree.
During a news conference Crutcher family attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said:
“Today, we are thankful to TPD, we are thankful to (police) Chief (Chuck) Jordan for providing information to the District Attorney’s office, and we are happy that charges were brought,”
And that they will be seeking a “vigorous prosecution” of this case that results in a conviction.
According to TMZ Shelby turned herself in overnight and was booked for first degree manslaughter in the killing of Terence Crutcher.
Shelby was in police custody for less than half an hour , according to her docs, she was booked at 1:11 AM and released at 1:31 AM when she posted $50,000 bond.
Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his SUV stopped in a roadway last week. The criminal complaint against Shelby said her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting” Crutcher. She is accused of “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting Crutcher after he did not comply with her “lawful orders.”
The possible penalty for conviction on first-degree manslaughter in Oklahoma is four years to life, according to Susan Witt, the public information officer for the district attorney’s office.