Tulsa police shooting death ruled a homicide

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says the death of a black man in a police shooting in Tulsa was a homicide.


Terence Crutcher, 40, died from “a penetrating gunshot wound of chest,” the office said Friday, according to Time. Full autopsy and toxicology results for Crutcher are not yet complete.

Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Crutcher during a traffic stop last week, sparking national debate over race relations.

A video of the confrontation shows Shelby firing on Crutcher while he had his hands in the air.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler on late Thursday announced Shelby will be charged with first-degree manslaughter.

“In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determined that the filing of the felony crime of first-degree manslaughter against Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby is warranted,” he said during a press conference.

“Officer Shelby, although now charged, is presumed to be innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise.”

An affidavit from Kunzweiler’s office states Shelby “reacted unreasonably” by shooting Crutcher, who did not have a gun.

An attorney for Shelby maintains Crutcher was using PCP, and a Tulsa police spokesman has confirmed the drug was found in his SUV.

Shelby turned herself into authorities Friday morning, before posting a $50,000 bond.

Crutcher’s is among the latest in a series of fatal encounters between law enforcement and minority communities. On Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., a black police officer shot and killed a black man who police say was armed, setting off protests and riots throughout the city.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton asked if she'd be Bloomberg's vice president: 'Oh no' Trump launches three-day campaign rally blitz Free Roger Stone MORE on Wednesday said such encounters must become “intolerable” to Americans.

GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE said the same day he was “very, very troubled” by Shelby’s actions during her confrontation with Crutcher.

Trump’s remarks were a major shift for the billionaire, who frequently calls himself “the law and order” candidate and champions police causes.