Terence Crutcher was shot front and center in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Crutcher’s car stopped in the middle of the street. 911 later received a call that ended his life
“Somebody left their vehicle running in the middle of the street with their doors wide open,” the caller said. “The doors are open, the vehicle is still running. It’s an SUV. It’s in the middle of the street, it’s blocking traffic.”
After the call was made, Officer Betty Shelby was the first to arrive to the scene, but was not responding to the call. Shelby was on her way to a domestic violence call but approached Crutcher and thought that he might have been impaired. Shelby began to ask Crutcher if the car belonged to him, but he did not respond and began walking towards the officer with his hands in his pockets. Shelby then asked Crutcher politely to take his hands out of his pockets and he obliges, reported by CNN.
“He does comply and puts his hands out of his pocket, and then puts his hands up in the air, which she thought was a little bit strange under the circumstances,” Shelby’s attorney stated.
Crutcher then decided to ignore Shelby’s question about the vehicle and put his hands back into his pocket, walking back to his vehicle. Shelby then believed that he was under the influence and called for backup, planning to arrest Crutcher, according to NY Daily News.
Shelby then drew her gun and asked Crutcher to get on his knees and he refused to. Tulsa police officers were flying in a helicopter above the scene, taping the incident, reported by NY Daily News.
“That looks like a bad dude too” Officers in the helicopter said while circling above the scene.
In the video of Crutcher at the scene, it shows moments later that Crutcher then falls to the ground.
“I think he may have just been tasered,” an officer said over the radio.
“Shots fired!” a female officer said.
According to CNN, Unarmed, Crutcher was lying on the floor with blood covering his shirt and some on his window. Officer Tyler Turnbow tased Crutcher while Officer Betty Shelby shot fire at the suspect.
“Terence, a God-loving father of four who sang at church every week, had enrolled at a community college in Tulsa, where he hoped to earn a degree” Tiffany Crutcher, Crutcher’s twin sister stated at the news conference.
During a news conference, Tiffany Crutcher then explained that Terence had died because of police officer’s “negligence and incompetency and insensitivity”.
“You all want to know who that ‘big bad dude’ was? That ‘big bad dude’ was my twin brother. That ‘big bad dude’ was a father. That ‘big bad dude’ was a son ” Tiffany emotionally stated at the conference.
“He had a very hollow look in his face, kind of a thousand-yard stare, so to speak, and would not communicate. And she could tell he was not normal. She thought that when she saw him,” Shelby’s attorney explained to CNN.
“She was yelling at him to stop, for probably at least 10 to 15 seconds. He gets to the window of the SUV, and has his hands in the air, looks at them … and his left hand goes into the window,” Shelby’s attorney said during the CNN interview.
Shelby then had a taser but did not use it.
A warrant was issued for Shelby’s arrest and early Friday morning she was booked into a Tulsa County jail and released on a $50,000 bond, according to court documents.
Shelby is on paid administrative leave and was interviewed by homicide detectives for 90 minutes.Shelby was charged with manslaughter on Sept. 22.
“In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine that the filing of the felony crime of manslaughter in the first degree against the Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is warranted,”Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said, according to NBC news.
Outside the Tulsa County Courthouse approximately two dozen protesters held up signs and photos of Crutcher shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot!”