TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer charged with manslaughter in last week’s shooting death of an unarmed black man has surrendered to authorities.
Tulsa County jail records show that 42-year-old Betty Shelby turned herself in early Friday, hours after prosecutors charged her with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.
The records show Shelby, who is white, was booked at 1:11 a.m. and released at 1:31 a.m. after posting $50,000 bond.
District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges Thursday afternoon against Shelby, saying the officer “reacted unreasonably” when she shot Crutcher, who did not have a gun.
An investigator’s statement says Shelby became “emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted”.
Shelby faces between four years and life in prison if she is convicted.
She originally told investigators she feared for her life.