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TULSA, Okla. - Attorneys for Terence Crutcher held a press conference Tuesday afternoon in front of the Tulsa County courthouse to clear up what they called "misinformation."

Crutcher was shot and killed Friday evening by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby.

Crutcher's vehicle had broken down in the middle of the road, and Shelby was trying to get him to respond to her about whether the SUV was his.

Dashcam and helicopter video released of the shooting shows Crutcher walking back to his car with his hands in the air.

When he gets to the vehicle, one officer teasers him, while Shelby simultaneously shot him.

At the press conference, Crutcher's attorneys presented evidence they said refutes the Tulsa Police Department's initial statement about the shooting.

"The public information officer suggested that the officer shot Terence Crutcher because he reached inside the car," said attorney Benjamin Crump.

But, Crump showed enhanced photos from the video of the shooting, saying it shows the driver side window is up and Crutcher's blood is even smeared on it.

"So, how could he be reaching into the car if the window is up and there is blood on the glass?" Crump said.

Crump is a well known attorney out of Florida who has represented families of other people involved in police shootings, including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The Tulsa Police Department confirmed, on Tuesday, PCP was found inside Crutcher's vehicle.

His attorneys said they do not yet know if he had drugs in his system, but they said it doesn't matter.

"Don't put out stuff that would demonize him," Crump said. "Let us not be thrown a red herring and to say because something was found in the car that was justification to shoot him."

His attorneys said the situation could've easily been resolved with less than lethal force.

"The proper thing to do would've been to maintain a perimeter and have a discussion," said attorney Melvin Hall.

Immediately after the press conference, they went inside the courthouse to talk to the district attorney, saying charges need to be filed.

"Everybody's seeking the same thing - truth and justice," Crump said.

Crutcher's attorneys said they were not able to meet with the DA Tuesday.

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