Medical Examiner determines Terence Crutcher died from gunshot to chest; manner of death is homicide

Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 15:59:48-04

OKLAHOMA CITY - Terence Crutcher died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The results from the Medical Examiner were released Friday morning.

The cause of death was determined to be a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was deemed homicide.

The toxicology and autopsy reports are not yet complete.

SPECIAL SECTION: Videos, background on the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher

Terence Crutcher, 40, died after being shot by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby on September 16.

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was charged with first degree manslaughter and surrendered early Friday morning. She was released on $50,000 bond

Editor’s note: Originally we posted that the incident started as a traffic stop. Tulsa police have assisted us in clarifying that the initial call Officer Betty Shelby responded to when she encountered Crutcher involved reports from witnesses saying that a vehicle was left unattended near 36th Street North and Lewis Avenue. The two witnesses in the audio recordings described the vehicle “in the middle of the road” and “blocking traffic.” We apologize for any confusion. 


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