Moments before she killed an unarmed man, Betty Shelby had no idea what he may have been reaching for, the Tulsa police officer testified Monday.
Did Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby put her hand on her Taser before shooting Terence Crutcher?
Lawyers for Shelby have said she believed that Crutcher, who was 40, may have been trying to reach through a partially open window for a weapon in the vehicle when she shot him. She testified that her training taught her not to let suspects pull their arm back out of a vehicle because they might have a gun and have already made a decision to shoot at the officer.
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Prosecutors have said there was no reason for Shelby to fire on a man who was walking away from her.
Shelby's attorneys have accused prosecutors of hurriedly bringing charges against her out of fear of public backlash due to Shelby being white and Crutcher being black. Shelby has insisted that she did so out of fear he was reaching for a weapon inside the vehicle.
"I did everything I could to stop this", Shelby said Monday. Shelby's testimony later turned towards her police training and the day she shot Crutcher.
"If you hesitate, if you delay, then you die", Shelby said.
Shelby told "60 Minutes" she "could very well be dead" if she had waited to find out if Crutcher had a gun.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray expressed doubt over Shelby's claim that she was unaware a vial of PCP was found in Crutcher's vehicle until weeks later.
She said the ribbons were a small way to show that the community is standing behind the Crutchers. "Crutcher's death is his fault". "Yes", Shelby said. Gray asked if his death was avoidable.
Shelby said her law enforcement career began in 2007 with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
The judge said the defense is now allowed to tell the jury that Crutcher has resisted arrest or obstructed officers 4 times.
"But you had time to pull out a gun", Gray said. He also asked Shelby if she was trained to shoot a person without seeing evidence of a weapon, to which she also confirmed.
Meanwhile, a juror was dismissed in the trial because of illness.
Shelby's attorneys could call three more witnesses Tuesday, and closing statements could start Tuesday afternoon.