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Terence Crutcher Shooting: Tulsa County District Attorney charges officer Shelby with manslaughter

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An Oklahoma police officer has been charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, the Tulsa County District Attorney announced Thursday.

Officer Betty Shelby was charged with manslaughter in the first degree for the shooting of Terence Crutcher on Friday night, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said at a press conference.

"In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine that the filing of the felony crime of manslaughter in the first degree against the Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is warranted," Kunzweiler said.

Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed as he approached his SUV with his arms raised late Friday. The incident was caught on police helicopter and dashcam video.

The video footage, released on Monday, showed Crutcher slowly walking from the edge of a street north of Tulsa toward his vehicle, which authorities said had been reported abandoned and left running in the middle of the road at around 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.ET).

An officer follows Crutcher from behind for several seconds with a gun drawn before three more officers then converge on the scene as Crutcher walks toward the SUV.

As Crutcher is standing next to the driver's side door, he suddenly drops to the ground and blood can be seen saturating his white shirt.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan had said at a press conference on Monday that Shelby fired at Crutcher after telling a dispatcher that he was not cooperating.

A warrant has been issued for Shelby's arrest, Kunzweiler said Thursday, and arrangements were being made with her lawyer for her surrender to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department.

Shelby, who was hired in 2011, had been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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