Oklahoma officer testifies at her manslaughter trial

Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in shooting

Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in shooting

Officer Betty Shelby, charged with first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, took the stand on Monday. The footage doesn't offer a clear view of when Shelby shot Crutcher. An OSU officer told how he pulled a rifle on Crutcher because he would not follow his commands back in 2014.

Betty Shelby, 43, could face between four years and life in prison if convicted of manslaughter in the September 2016 killing of Terence Crutcher.

Prosecutors have previously said Crutcher's drug use was not reason enough for Shelby to resort to deadly force, local media reports said.

Shelby testified Monday that she shot Crutcher when she saw him reach into his stalled SUV through a partially open window. Tulsa, Oklahoma Police had responded to the scene after receiving a report of an abandoned vehicle with the engine running, and arrived to find Crutcher near the auto.

Betty Shelby leaves the courtroom following testimony in her trial. Shelby said she's pulled her gun dozens of times in her 10 years as a police officer and sheriff's deputy but never fired because the person at gunpoint always followed her orders.

Police video shows Crutcher walking away from Shelby toward his vehicle with hands above his head, and other officers testified last week that they were not aware of anything Crutcher may have said or done to indicate that he was a threat.

Crutcher's family and attorneys claim that the windows to the SUV were rolled up at the time of the shooting.

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