Tulsa Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Tells Her Side Of The Story
The attorney for Betty Shelby, who was identified as the Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who shot and killed a black man in Tulsa on Friday night, has gone public to describe how she felt when she encountered the potentially dangerous situation, and her story explained a great deal.
Scott Wood, Shelby’s attorney, told ABC News that when Selby encountered Terence Crutcher, 40, Friday night, he refused to follow more than two dozen commands. He reached into an open window of a car before Shelby felt she was in a threatening situationand shot him.
“I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then,” Shelby told detectives in an interview, Wood said. She thought Crutcher was reaching into his car for a weapon when she fired the shot.
Shelby and another officer were responding to a domestic violence call when they came across Crutcher’s SUV in the middle of a street. Crutcher was also standing in the middle of the street. Shelby approached the car and noted the doors were closed, and the windows were open.
Crutcher didn’t respond to Shelby’s questions, and Wood said Shelby believed Crutcher was on some kind of drug.
She pulled her weapon and ordered him to get on his knees. He did not comply and moved toward the SUV instead. Wood said Shelby then ordered Crutcher to stop and put his hands in the air. He did not obey those orders and continued walking to the car.