Jurors will then to decide if Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby went too far September 16 when she killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
Prosecutors argue that the Tulsa officer overreacted when she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. "We're not trained [as officers] to see what comes out of a vehicle", Shelby said Monday in court.
Shelby told "60 Minutes" she "could very well be dead" if she had waited to find out if Crutcher had a gun. "If you hesitate or delay, you die". "I'm told in my training that you don't let them pull their arm back out", Shelby said.
"I say with a louder, more intense voice 'stop, stop, stop, ' and he didn't", Shelby said. "Crutcher's death is his fault".
Much of the testimony in the week-long trial had centered around what transpired in the incident and proper police protocol for dealing with such a situation. The footage doesn't offer a clear view of when Shelby shot Crutcher.
Defense lawyer Shannon McMurray said Shelby's response was appropriate given her training and what she perceived as a threat.
About the same time, the jury sent a note asking the judge whether it could explain its verdict in court.
Tulsa County District Judge Doug Drummond denied the mistrial request Tuesday. "It was Steve Kunzweiler", McMurray said in opening statements, according to Tulsa World. Shelby said she "didn't have time to pull out her Taser".
She continued to the call but saw an SUV with the engine running parked in the middle of the roadway, she testified.
Jurors also heard testimony Monday about two previous run-ins Crutcher had with law enforcement.
"We're not trained to see what comes out of a auto", Shelby told a jury in a Tulsa courtroom. Crutcher's vehicle had broken down and was blocking the road.
Shelby's attorneys have accused prosecutors of hurriedly bringing charges against her out of fear of public backlash due to Shelby being white and Crutcher being black.
She said Crutcher ignored her orders to get on his knees and continued walking to the SUV, even though she had drawn her gun.
Several members of the gallery wore purple and green ribbons Monday in support of the Crutcher family.