Police on Sunday identified the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man on a city street in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Police said in a news release that Officer Betty Shelby fired the shot that killed Terrence Crutcher on Friday and that she is on paid leave pending an investigation of the shooting. Officer Tyler Turnbough fired a stun gun at Crutcher, who died at a hospital following the shooting. It’s unclear whether Turnbough remains on active duty.
Police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie previously said the shot was fired after the stun gun was used. MacKenzie did not immediately return a phone call for comment Sunday.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to help investigate the shooting, contacting the department through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tulsa, according to an earlier news release.
A spokesman for the Justice Department did not immediately return a phone call Sunday for additional comment.
MacKenzie has said the shooting occurred after one officer stopped to investigate an SUV stopped in the middle of a street and Crutcher approached the officer and another who had arrived to assist.
MacKenzie has said Crutcher refused orders to put up his hands and was shot when he reached inside the SUV, which was his.
Police have not said whether a weapon was found. Officials said that information, along with audio and video of the incident, will be released Monday.
Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, told reporters Saturday that the family is heartbroken and she does not believe Crutcher was carrying a gun.
“We just want answers, we want to know what happened, there’s a lot of speculation, but there is one thing, one fact that I do know is that my brother was unarmed.”
She said her brother had left a class at Tulsa Community College when his SUV stalled in the street.
A phone number listed in the name of Crutcher’s father has been disconnected.
The results of the investigation will be sent to Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who will determine whether the shooting was justified.
“It’s obviously a very high-profile matter,” Kunzweiler said Sunday, while declining to comment about the Crutcher case.
“It’s an ongoing investigation and my responsibly is to protect the integrity of that investigation until the report is in my office,” Kunzweiler said. “It would be improper for me to comment.”