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Officer Dave Shelby, Betty Shelby’s Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Officer Betty Shelby. (Tulsa Police)

The husband of Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby is an Iraq war veteran who is also a police officer. Dave Shelby was in the helicopter overhead when Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher.

The shooting of the unarmed black man has sparked outrage online and pleas for charges by Crutcher’s family. On September 22, the Tulsa District Attorney charged Betty Shelby with criminal manslaughter in Crutcher’s death. You can read those charging documents here.

Tulsa police released video from a police squad car and the helicopter of the scene on September 19. Police had encountered Crutcher after his SUV broke down on the roadway.

According to the New York Times, the videos show “Crutcher raising his hands, walking toward a car and leaning against it.” He was then tasered by Officer Tyler Turnbough and fatally shot by Betty Shelby, “though the view from both cameras is obstructed in the moments before those actions,” said The Times.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Dave Shelby Was Not the Officer Who Called Crutcher a ‘Bad Dude’

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This was Crutcher’s profile picture on Facebook. (Facebook/Terence Crutcher)

Audio from the helicopter, released by police, captured an officer in the overhead helicopter referring to Crutcher, 40, as a “bad dude.” This comment has drawn outrage online and from Crutcher’s family.

The Tulsa World newspaper says that Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby was in the helicopter at the time of the shooting “by happenstance.”

Dave Shelby did not make the bad dude comment, but the officer who did has not been identified, according to a Tulsa World reporter.

The police chief, Chuck Jordan, called the video “disturbing,” according to NBC News.

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Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was charged with manslaughter in a criminal complaint. Read it here.

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2. Dave Shelby Served in the Iraq War & Was Piloting the Helicopter When Crutcher Was Shot

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Betty Shelby receiving flowers from burglary victims she assisted. (Facebook/Tulsa Police Department)

Tulsa Police confirmed that Dave Shelby, Betty Shelby’s husband, was the pilot in the helicopter that was hovering over the shooting scene at the time, said KJRH.

In the past, Dave Shelby has been involved in pursuits in the Tulsa police helicopter. He received a medal of valor for his work on a kidnapping case. You can see photos of Dave Shelby here.

“Every day, officers put their lives on the line and most of the time, there’s no recognition and we don’t do it for that reason. We do it because that’s our job and that’s what we’ve sworn to do,” he told News on 6 in 2012.

A 2014 article in the Tulsa World newspaper said that Dave Shelby was “a Tulsa police officer and an Army reservist who volunteered for duty in the Iraq war.” That year, he was overseas, so his wife led a Pledge of Allegiance at a Pro-America rally. She told the newspaper at that time, “I knew there was always a possibility he was going to be deployed sometime. He knows this is his duty and he’s proud to serve his country.”

Dave Shelby’s LinkedIn profile identifies him as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He has a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He has been involved in a variety of cases over the years, including an alleged elder abuse case.

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3. Tulsa Police Released Audio Transmissions From the Helicopter

The helicopter audio with the video (above, graphic) starts with an officer in the chopper saying, “Alright, Betty-Jo, where are you at?” Then the officer says, “He’s got his hands up there for them now.” Teen Vogue says Dave Shelby was the person in the chopper who said, “He’s got his hands up there for her now … This guy is still walking and following commands.”

At one point an officer in the helicopter says: “Mike I’m gonna [sic] hit the record it. This guy is still walking.” At another point someone in the chopper says, “Not for Taser, I think.”

A few seconds later, the unidentified officer in the helicopter says, “Also, got a feeling it’s about to happen. It looks like a bad dude, too. Might be on something.”

You can read the full transcript of the helicopter conversations here.

LISTEN: Terence Crutcher Shooting 911 Calls & Dispatch Audio

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4. News Reports Say Betty Shelby Had a Stun Gun & Crutcher Family Attorneys Allege Crutcher’s Window Was Up When Shelby Fired

According to ABC News, Betty Shelby’s attorney says Shelby shot Crutcher when Crutcher’s “left hand goes through the car window.”

But attorneys for Crutcher’s family enlarged police footage “that appeared to show that Crutcher’s window was up at the time of the shooting,” according to ABC, which added that Betty Shelby had a stun gun but did not use it, fatally shooting Crutcher instead.

Betty Shelby thought Crutcher had a weapon and was not complying with orders, her attorney told The New York Times.

Betty Shelby is a former sheriff’s deputy and member of the Ohio National Guard, according to Tulsa World.

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5. Crutcher’s Family Has Spoken Out on His Behalf, Criticizing the ‘Bad Dude’ Comment

Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, led a family news conference in which she called for charges against Betty Shelby.

Tiffany Crutcher said, “That big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws every week. That big bad dude – that’s who he was.”

She added, “We’re demanding today, immediately, that charges are pressed against this officer, that was incompetent, that took my brother’s life,” said Tiffany Crutcher. “We just want justice. Because I want everyone to know that that big bad dude? His life matter. His life mattered. And the chain breaks here. We’re going to stop it right here. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, this is bigger than us here. We’re going to stop it right here.”

Terence Crutcher Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Terence Crutcher's twin sister Tiffany has called for justice for her brother, killed by Tulsa police while unarmed. Learn more about Tiffany and the rest of Terence's family.

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24 comments

  1. Betty Shelby, … that strange, unhuman thing, … why wasn´t she searched for drugs after her unbelievable idiotic doing?? Because she looks as serious as the next door´s housewife??
    This was murder for 100%, … and that freak in the heli who made the “bad dude” (without knowing ANYTHING) probably was the one she knew/knows BEST!! His voice was her order!! Shall they both from now on live with the devil on their backs!!!!!!!!! (that´s my opinion from far away …)

  2. It clearly was and accident. Her adrenaline fired that pistol. Not her personaly . Pistols without safety’s on have hair triggers.

  3. Being a 6’5″ black man who was a officer for 14 years, I can say that you see the world differently as an officer. Your training goes into many facets of outcomes that are dictated by the subject you’re encountering. No one can put themselves in officer Shelby’s shoes until they go through all it takes to become an officer, experience everything an officer sees, and learns just how fast a situation can go bad/fatal for the officer when he or she is dealing with a uncooperative subject. If people – no matter what color they are – are going to disobey the lawful commands of an officer that has a million things going through his or her mind, as to “why is this person not doing what I’m asking?” Especially when the situation that brought the officer to them makes no sense at the time; parked in the middle of the road, no hazard lights on, and if it were me, or most other people, even white, id be on the side of the road; more than happy to see help arrive.

    Would I interact with the officer in a manner that would cause her to draw her weapon? No. I highly doubt that saying “oh my god officer, I’m so glad to see you, this is a dangerous situation on how my vehicle just stalled out in the middle of the road.” And that would likely NOT cause an officer to start commanding me in a manner that I would act to turn away from her, put my hands up, and walk away from her – to my vehicle where I would potentially have my property that I can use against the officer; well, this is what most officers would think.

    I’d most likely be asked ” what’s going on?” And as I attempt to explain, the officer would likely talk over me by saying lets get off the roadway. That sounds like a good idea, “as I was saying, my vehicle…” And my day would end with me going to sleep in my bed, waking up wondering how I’m going to fix my vehicle, and/or pay for the tow bill.

    If the man was acting froggy, which no one assumes unless you’ve interacted with lots of various people of all color, sizes, and on/off narcotic substances, the officer would pick up on it. And this would factor into the circumstances that don’t make sense for most people sitting at home judging this. Believe me, sh$t can go south fast! Just look at many cops killed in the line of duty. And ask the black lives matter gentleman who went through a shoot no shoot scenario training session which is posted on YT. Or as most every officer that was shot or stabbed (in a training scenario) that left them speechless. It’s happened to me and most every one of my colleagues.

    Life and death to an officer dealing with an uncooperative subject can seemingly be seconds away. Your mind is racing like a computer chip. Why is he…, what is he… (1) POP POP officer down; cause subject ducked while pulling a weapon from his waist and your reaction time to process it was too long. Or, (2) subject opens door or reaches into vehicle and POP POP he just made the bed he must lie in. Or how about (3) “ok officer, I’ll go to the side of the road and talk with you, and no, I’m not acting froggy as we walk and talk, without stress or any reason for the officer to feel threatened. Or even (4) I am on PCP which is why I stopped my vehicle in the middle of the road, and why I’m not complying with the officer with the melting face while eating gummie bears with her tentacles. Which is why I’m freaking and walking away with my hands up. Because EVERYONE KNOWS THAT HANDS UP MEANS DON’T SHOOT; yeah right.

    So, try to erase what POTUS did in Ferguson when he invited Al Sharpton to the White House on multiple occasions – especially while owing more taxes than I’m ever going to make due to my disability from being hurt while responding to a false alarm involving a shots fired call. Oh, and when the sister (I and who wouldn’t feel for you), said something to the fact of “now he won’t have the chance to show us ‘how good he can be”? I think that’s what she said, which presupposes, to me, that he was looking to turn his life around?

    Ok, enough education for you… Cause if you blew off all I typed, you don’t have the logic and critical thinking skills to participate in this public debate as a non biased and open citizen. I can’t wait to read all the ad hominem attacks and name calling, or the question of whether or not I’m really black.

    Because of irrational brothers and sisters of color that don’t think like this man of color, I shall remain anon. Can u blame me, honestly?

    • Shut the hell up! He posed no threat other than the color of his skin. Stop being a part of the problem! She needs to be fired and prosecuted like anybody else who does not follow the damned rules.

    • No attack here! I understand were you’re coming from basically you have to look at bothsides. Yes sometimes the truth hurts. Also you do have a right to.your opinion Personally I think she jumped the gun here I feel.she had enough police around her if she had to use anything tase him not use gun. This is my opinion but like you stated she thought she was in danger. Just don t understand Why? this had to happen because his car broke down. True he should nt have walked away from her. We don t uf it would” ve turned out the.same way. My prayers go out to the family during this time, officer involved and to you sir Pray all will be well for you. Something has to change this cycle!!

      • Great response! And if you noticed, I didn’t even state my opinion on whether or not she is right/ wrong. Cause I don’t have all the info to come to such conclusion. Many prayers out for all. Thank you for your words.

    • Absolutely I can blame you.
      “why is this person not doing what I’m asking?”
      Where do you get the idea that you command obedience?
      We, the public, are not “subjects”.
      Go back and read your post – “life and death to an officer dealing with an uncooperative subject”.
      At that point, you, the cop, _are_ the threat on the site. We don’t pay your checks for this.
      And while we’re on the topic, what in the world makes you think a flailing tazed person is a) a threat and b) going to hear a word you say? Let’s test drive that tazer on you and see how “obedient” you are post-tazed.

      As for ““now he won’t have the chance to show us ‘how good he can be”? I think that’s what she said, which presupposes, to me, that he was looking to turn his life around?”
      Is this an attempt to diminish his life to redeem his murder/murderer? Again? Because unarmed public dead says murder to me.

  4. Pathetic worm! You are part of the problem! This has to stop. She needs to be fired, prosecuted and imprisoned. She is a criminal as the rest of those officers who targeted that man, killed him, let him bleed out like hunting a deer, then covered it up That will surely be a deterrent to idiots who are “scared” of unarmed people with their hands in the air. Then to LIE about it to cover it up and then allegedly find PCP… I mean really… You people are disgusting! You know damned well how that VIAL OF PCP got in the car. Why in the HELL would he ask for help from the police while riding dirty? Are you serious right now. Do you see all the damned TROUBLE you gun happy, murderers are causing in this country? Those who fail to prosecute are also responsible. INJUSTICE and LACK OF JUSTICE IS EQUAL TO HATE. This is an ancient African philosophy.
    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE FOOLING? THAT SAME OLD SCENARIO IS GETTING QUITE OLD:
    #RIPTerrenceCutcher
    >>> MURDER by Numbers <<<
    1 Shoot the Victim Dead
    2 Report Your Crime
    3 With the Help of Fellow LEO's : Plant a Weapon or Drugs on the Dead Victims
    4. Report to DENNYs for Your FREE Heros Meal & Plan for a Long Over due Paid Vacation.

    ENOUGH!

    • Loriloves…..you STFU! I know the truth hurts. (No fan of Sharpton) is absolutely CORRECT! You are actually part of the problem. You sound like one of the typical zombies we have walking our streets these days. Stop your intake of CNN bullshit! THINK and change who you vote to put in charge of your community or any office. Teach your kids properly, be a productive citizen and stop the blaming cry me a river bullshit!

  5. I think Betty Shelby should get serve to the full extinct it has to stop because now it’s jeopardizing innocent lives and sooner or later it will lead to a civil war.