TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An attorney representing the Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter says his client drew her gun instead of a stun gun because she thought Terence Crutcher was armed.
Betty Shelby is charged in the Sept. 16 shooting death of Crutcher, who police say did not have a gun.
Shelby’s attorney, Scott Wood, said Friday that Shelby is trained in “de-escalation” and that she had been selected to train new officers at the Tulsa Police Department.
He says Shelby was so caught up in the encounter with Crutcher that she didn’t realize backup officers had arrived. Wood says Shelby “didn’t even hear her gunshot.”
Prosecutors charged Shelby on Thursday. She surrendered to authorities early Friday and was released after she posted $50,000 bond.