Officer Betty Shelby will return to duty on the Tulsa Police Force after not guilty verdict

Posted at 11:52 AM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2020-09-15 13:14:26-04

TULSA -- Tulsa Police said Officer Betty Shelby will be returning to duty after being found not guilty in a recent manslaughter trial.

The Tulsa Police Department said she will not be assigned in a patrol capacity.

On Wednesday a jury acquitted Officer Shelby, who fatally shot Terence Crutcher last year.

The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for more than nine hours Wednesday.

Officer Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher out of fear because she said he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun.

Prosecutors argued that Shelby overreacted, arguing that Crutcher had his hands in their air and wasn't combative.

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