The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office has hired the former Tulsa police officer acquitted in the deadly shooting of Terence Crutcher.
Betty Shelby, who retired from the Tulsa Police Department after she was assigned to work a desk job, has been hired as a volunteer reserve deputy. Shelby could be hired full time “if it works out,” Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said.
In May, a jury found Shelby not guilty of manslaughter in connection with Crutcher’s death in September.
Shelby said she feared for her life when she shot Crutcher because she thought he was reaching for a gun that was in an SUV that broke down on a Tulsa street. Crutcher did not have a gun.
Shelby submitted her resignation letter from the Tulsa Police Department, which was effective Aug. 3. She had been working in an administrative role since her acquittal and returning to work.