The African American individual shot on Friday night by a Tulsa Police Department officer near 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue has been identified as 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
According to the police Terence, a father of four, was shot after he did not comply with the police’s commands to show his hands. The victim was taken to the St. John Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Another police officer had used a Taser on Terence before he was shot, police said.
However, Terence’s sister, Tiffany, believes her brother did not have any weapon on him. “One fact I do know is that my brother was unarmed,” Tiffany said in a news conference on Saturday. “I’m just devastated.”
TPD Officer Jeanne MacKenzie did not say whether a weapon was found, adding that the list of items recovered will be disclosed during a news conference on Monday.
As reported by the Tulsa World, the officer who fired the shot has been identified as Officer Betty Shelby. Following the incident she was placed on routine administrative leave with pay. The officer who used the Taser on the victim has been identified as Officer Tyler Turnbough.
The incident occurred when officers, who were in the area on an unrelated call, saw Terence’s SUV stalled in the middle of 36th Street North. The officers stopped to check the victim’s vehicle after which the confrontation occurred.
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“As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” Officer Mackenzie said, as reported by KOTV. “They asked him to show his hands. He refused to follow commands given by the officers. They continued to talk to him. He continued not to listen, not follow any commands as they got closer to the vehicle he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and then a short time later there was one shot fired.”
Community leaders were shown several video and audio clips of the incident on Sunday. One of the pastors, who was horrified after watching the video, urged the public to respond with reason and not violence. Local president of the NAACP said the public’s reaction to the incident should be “level headed.”
Associated Press reports that “online court records show Terence Crutcher of Tulsa with the same date of birth as the man who was killed pleaded no contest in 1996 to carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer and was given a six-month suspended sentence. His only other court records were for traffic violations, the most recent occurring in 2005.”
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