Former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in last year’s shooting death of Terence Crutcher. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file

Former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby is joining the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Scott Walton confirmed Wednesday night.

Walton told the Tulsa World that a news conference announcing Shelby’s addition to his agency will take place at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore at 10 a.m. Thursday.

He did not say what Shelby’s role within the department would be.

Walton had been among Shelby’s most vocal supporters while she awaited her manslaughter trial in the Sept. 16 shooting death of Terence Crutcher. Walton published multiple posts on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page questioning the merits of her prosecution.

A jury found Shelby not guilty May 17, and Shelby went back to work for the Tulsa Police Department the following Monday in a nonpatrol capacity.

However, Shelby resigned from the department effective Aug. 1, saying her desire as an officer was to work in the field rather than push paper behind a desk.

Shelby’s husband, David Shelby, who was in a police helicopter over the scene of Crutcher’s shooting, announced his retirement from the Tulsa Police Department soon afterward and has since gone to work for the Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

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Samantha Vicent


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