Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, released video and audio clips Monday from the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, a stranded and unarmed black motorist. The clips, captured from multiple angles on Friday, show the 40-year-old Crutcher with his hands up before he is stunned with a stungun and then shot by Tulsa officers.
Authorities gathered local community leaders — including pastors, state lawmakers and members of Crutcher's family — at Tulsa Police headquarters on Sunday to preview the clips, Ray Owens, a pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church, said in a phone interview. He was among the 30 people present for the viewing.
On Friday evening, Crutcher's SUV was stalled in the middle of a road on the northeast side of the city, the Tulsa World reported. Police responded to 911 calls reporting Crutcher, a father of four and student at a local community college, and his stalled vehicle. Authorities, who declined Monday to comment on the specifics of the case, initially said Crutcher reached into his vehicle instead of complying with officers' commands to raise his hands.
But footage of the incident shows Crutcher walking away from officers toward his vehicle. When he reaches his vehicle, Crutcher is stunned with a stungun by one police officer and shot by another officer mere seconds later. In a news conference Monday afternoon, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Crutcher did not have a gun on his person or in his vehicle.
The names of the two officers involved in Crutcher's death were released Sunday, according to the Tulsa World. Officer Betty Shelby, who fired the gun, was placed on routine administrative leave. The status of Officer Tyler Turnbough, who deployed the stun gun, was unclear.