TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An unarmed black man shot dead by a white police officer after his car broke down on a city street last month was high on the hallucinogenic drug PCP in when he died, according to toxicology tests released by a medical examiner Tuesday.

Terence Crutcher, 40, had “acute phencyclidine intoxication” when he died Sept. 16. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after his death, with a prosecutor saying she reacted unreasonably when Crutcher disobeyed her commands.

Medical literature says PCP, also known as Angel Dust, can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence as well as agitation, mania and depression.

Dr. Matthew Lee, a physician and pharmacist who also works for the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, said the 96 nanograms per milliliter of PCP found in Crutcher’s system is more than enough to cause someone to be uncoordinated, agitated and combative.

“It’s on the high side, relative to causing some sort of impairment or intoxication,” Lee said.

Videos from a police helicopter and a dashboard camera showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby on a North Tulsa street with his arms in the air, but the footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the single shot.

Tulsa police had said previously that they had found a vial of PCP in Crutcher’s SUV — and the police officer’s lawyer said she had completed drug-recognition training and believed Crutcher might have been under the influence of drugs.

Lawyers for Crutcher’s family released a statement saying the toxicology report “does not change the most pertinent facts of this tragedy” and that Shelby “should be held accountable for her unlawful actions.”

According to an eight-page report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City, Crutcher suffered a “penetrating gunshot wound of chest” and noted both of Crutcher’s lungs were pierced and that he had four broken ribs. In addition to saying Crutcher had PCP in his system, it said he was obese and had too much cholesterol in his gallbladder. The examiner recovered a bullet fragment from Crutcher’s left chest.

Shannon McMurray, one of Shelby’s defense attorneys, said the report helped provide an early “snapshot” of evidence in the case and that as more is released, “it will be clear in my mind as the case unfolds that the officer was justified in her use of force.” Another Shelby lawyer, Scott Wood, had said previously that the officer was so focused on Crutcher that she didn’t hear other officers near her before she fired her service weapon. Almost simultaneously, another officer fired a Taser at Crutcher as he moved toward his SUV.

In a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said he expected the tests would show Crutcher had drugs in his system, including the possibility of PCP.

Shelby, 42, has pleaded not guilty. She faces between four years to life in prison if convicted.

Tulsa has a history of troubled race relations. Four months before Crutcher’s death, a white former Tulsa County reserve deputy, Robert Bates, was sentenced to a four-year prison term on a second-degree manslaughter conviction. He said he confused his stun gun with his handgun when he fatally shot an unarmed black man in April 2015. That shooting led to the temporary suspension of the reserve deputy program after a report found poor training of the volunteer officers, a lack of oversight and widespread cronyism.

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17 thoughts on “Autopsy: Terence Crutcher Was High On PCP

  1. Tyrell on said:

    Officer Betty Jo Shelby is being railroaded by political correctness in fear of BLM and over-compensation to the concerns raised by BLM.

    The charges against her should be dropped, she should be re-instated, and everyone who was so recklessly quick to judge her should have to apologize profusely, on their knees, begging her to forgive them for their idiocy.

    The family of the deceased should drop all lawsuits and apologize in person, in front of the tv cameras, to Officer Betty Jo Shelby.

  2. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    It doesnt seem to matter at all, our community will find a way to say he was a saint and did nothing wrong. He was high out of his mind and anyone on PCP cannot be rational and they can quickly become unpredictable. Not only was he high he had more drugs in the vehicle. But thats not his fault right? Its not his fault he was high as birds and left a car in the middle of the road that was not broke down, that’s not his fault?

    These street thugs have found clever ways to hide guns in cars under the hoods and many other places so who knows what he was trying to do? So if he had shot this officer we wouldn’t really care, hypocrites but I tell you one thing if this thug had broken into your house high as a bird I bet this officer would have came to your aide no question.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Yep, knew it was coming. This is how Betty KKklan will get off for cold blooded murder. They were building their case from the tip top. “He looks like a bad dude” code for “kill his big black ass” and say the other code words “I feared for my life”. Typical, nothing to see here, Mrs KKklan will be back in uniform after her fake ass trial, where the prosecutor proves her innocence.

    • Ms Curly on said:

      Hey Special, I’m late as hell. I agree with you. And since when does using drugs automatically make someone a thug?? What I also don’t get is of all the officers present she was the only one who felt threatened and the only one who fired her weapon.

      • I asked that same question before the full report came out. It seems that at least one other officer felt he was a threat, hence the taser. It was reported that Ms. Itchy Trigger Finger was suffering some hearing loss because of some infection or other she suffered, so she didn’t know the other officers were coming up behind her, and she fired her weapon almost simultaneously as the other fired his taser. That is the story her people came up with. However, if that is true, why is a deaf officer traipsing around with a loaded weapon?

    • Tyrell on said:

      “big bad dude” as in of large physical stature. Not necessarily as in a bad person or criminal person.

      Shaquille O’Neill is a big bad dude. A big bad mother*cker. JJ Watt is one big bad dude. As in physically powerful, large in size, “built”, muscle-bound. Giant-sized.

      The helicopter pilot is merely saying that the man is physically large and in appearance looks physically powerful. He was saying that the man is gigantic.

      When we say that a pickup truck on huge tires is “a big bad truck” we are not saying that the truck is malevolent. We are not saying that the truck is criminal.

      The statement of the pilot isn’t heard by the officer’s on the ground. That conversation was to his co-pilot. It wasn’t being broadcast on the police radios.

      Officer Shelby never heard the pilot describe Crutcher as “a big bad dude” because it wasn’t broadcast. She was busy dealing with a giant man high as a kite on PCP and refusing to comply with police commands after he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road thus constituting a threat to public safety. No less than two citizens reported Crutcher to the police as a threat to public safety. They reported that the man appeared to be high out of his mind on drugs and acting like a crazy man. They were frightened by him and perceived him to be a threat to public safety. Which HE WAS.

    • Ignoring officers commands, tripped out on PCP, reaching for something at your vehicle, and paranoia about your car blowing up IS a threat to himself, the officers, and every law abiding citizen in the area. Point blank period. Now turn yo’ self around and get to steppin’

      • …So, you are saying that being “high on drugs is reason for being killed”?….Put down like an animal…Get the f*** out of here, Larry!!!!!!

  4. They just using that as a excuse to get her off she shoot a unarmed man who was not a threat and that crap about fearing for her life is what police are told to say if the shot/kill someone .She had several other police officers there so how could she fear for her life it’s all bullshit . Put her ass in jail.

  5. did his car really break-down or did he just hallucinate it? why in the f!@k would any one use that sh!t leave that sh!t alone!!!!

    • It didn’t break down. It was left running straddling the yellow center line. Witnesses at the scene verified he said it was going to blow up. Huggy-Lo was higher than a kite on PCP, manic behavior and a danger to himself, the police, and every law abiding citizen at the scene. He repeatedly ignored officers orders and paid the price with his life. Deserved? Probably not, but his choices and actions led to the result. Nobody’s fault but his own and his family for ignoring his documented issues.

  6. So what if Crutcher was high on PCP -that still did not give that PIG the right to MURDER him!!!!!

    Persons under the influence of PCP may become violent, paranoid, etc. Law Enforcement officers SHOULD KNOW how to handle such a situation besides shooting and killing!

    Mr. Crutcher could have been controlled by simply tasing him. The electrical current would’ve slowed him down-making it easier for him to be apprehended SAFELY.

    So, I guess since the autopsy shows drugs were in this man’s system-that let’s the PIGS off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another PIG gets off scott- free for COLD BLOODED MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ever seen someone drugged up to his eyeballs on PCP pull out taser wires and charge like a raging bull? The electrical current only seem to piss them off. Not saying this is what happened with Mr. Crutcher, because it seems he was on the ground, helpless. Just wanted to relieve you of the fantasy that just because you tase someone, they will become easy to control.

    • Do you have any idea what PCP does to a person? Linda, get to steppin’ fool. Huggy-Lo ignored officers command repeatedly and reached toward his vehicle for something. You weren’t there sista, and neither was I, but I will lay this on you…. I trust the judgment of a trained, sober officer over that of a cracked out person with a lengthy criminal history. End of story, end of you, mic hits the floor.

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