TULSA, Oklahoma -
The Tulsa County District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler announced he charged Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.
Kunzweiler said a warrant has been issued for Shelby, a Tulsa police officer since 2011.
Kunzweiler said it's important to note that despite the heightened tension in the city over the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, the community has remained peaceful.
Courtrooms must be the source of justice, he said. He called for ministers to lend "guiding hands" to the public in the wake of the shooting.
Kunzweiler declined to answer questions following the announcement.
From the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network:
Homicide is manslaughter in the first degree in the following cases:
1. When perpetrated without a design to effect death by a person while engaged in the commission of a misdemeanor.
2. When perpetrated without a design to effect death, and in a heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner, or by means of a dangerous weapon; unless it is committed under such circumstances as constitute excusable or justifiable homicide.
3. When perpetrated unnecessarily either while resisting an attempt by the person killed to commit a crime, or after such attempt shall have failed.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett released a statement after charges were filed saying:
"Our Tulsa Police Department worked quickly to provide all the information to the District Attorney. I appreciate their efforts as well as the District Attorney’s usual thorough evaluation of the rules of law for which we are all accountable. These are important steps to ensure that justice and accountability prevails.
"We will continue to be transparent and ensure the system carries out its responsibility to provide justice.
"We also appreciate the expedited work by Governor Mary Fallin and the State Medical Examiner’s office.