Toxicology tests on the body of Terence Crutcher show he had PCP in his system on September 16, 2016, the day he was shot and killed by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby. Officer Shelby had long claimed that on the night of the shooting, she had suspected that Terence Crutcher had been on PCP. 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.
According to the autopsy, Crutcher died from a gunshot wound to the chest, breaking through three of his ribs.
Medical literature says PCP, also known as Angel Dust, can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence, and also notes that it can lead to "combativeness-agitation", mania and depression.
Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. The officer is now on trial for Crutcher's death and faces charges of first degree manslaughter for which she has entered a plea of not guilty.
The officers said Crutcher stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road, left the engine running and began walking along the roadway. Crutcher can be seen in the videos with his hands up in the air, on a North Tulsa Street, walking away from Officer Shelby.
The autopsy found 96 nanograms of PCP per milliliter of blood, the report said, which is considered a high level.
Lawyers working for the family of the deceased man said "the most pertinent facts of this tragedy" had not been changed by the results of the toxicology report.
The medical examiner recovered a bullet fragment from Crutcher's chest. She has pleaded not guilty. He was not holding a gun, and no gun was found in his vehicle or on his person. According to her lawyers, she thought Crutcher was getting a weapon from his auto, following which she shot him.
He reportedly said that when more evidence is released, "it will be clear in my mind as the case unfolds that the officer was justified in her use of force". Shelby, who had previously undergone drug recognition training, suspected from the beginning of the encounter that Crutcher was under the influence of PCP, which can cause odd and erratic behavior, anxiety, panic and hallucinations. She also asserted that the father of four tried to reach through the driver's side window to retrieve a weapon, which hasn't been found to be true.