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Deadly-officer involved shooting clamoured the Black community once again as Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot dead September 16 in Tulsa, Oklahoma according to the Associated Press reports. He was still taken to the hospital, where he later died. Tulsa Police said the shooting happened near 36th Street and Lewis Avenue about 7:30 p.m., as per KOTV reports.
According to the news station, Crutcher’s SUV had stalled in the middle of the road, and police arrived to check on the situation.
“As they approached the vehicle a black male started towards them,” Tulsa Police spokesperson Jeanne Mackenzie told KOTV. “They asked him to show his hands. He refused to follow commands given by the officers. They continued to talk to him. He continued not to listen, not follow any commands as they got closer to the vehicle he reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and then a short time later there was one shot fired.”
On Monday afternoon, the video that captured the shooting on a dashboard camera was released to the public. It was also shown to family members and community leaders on Sunday.
The officer who shot Crutcher has been identified as Betty Shelby. The officer who deployed his Taser was named as Tyler Turnbough.
His twin sister Tiffany talks about her sentiment in one interview stating that “the entire family is devasted.” She also said that his twin brother was a father and loved God who never failed to sing at the church every week. She also said that due to “negligence, incompetence and insensitivity” on the part of the police, they are pressing charges against the officers who took the precious life of her brother.