Terence Crutcher’s Family Says PCP In His System Is ‘Immaterial’ To His Shooting Death By Tulsa Police

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An autopsy revealed Terence Crutcher had PCP in his system when he was shot and killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby last month.

The autopsy report includes results of a toxicology analysis that showed that Crutcher, 40, had 96 nanograms per milliliter of phencyclidine, or PCP, in his bloodstream.
Authorities also tentatively identified tenocyclidine, a drug similar to PCP, in his system.

The bullet caused four of Crutcher’s ribs to fracture and did not exit his body, according to the autopsy report.

“The cause of death is penetrating gunshot wound of chest with musculoskeletal and visceral injuries. The manner of death is classified as homicide,” the report states.

Terence Crutcher’s family says the PCP in his system is “immaterial” and doesn’t change the fact that Betty Shelby shot and killed him while he was unarmed with his hands up.

Damario Solomon-Simmons, another attorney for the Crutcher family, issued a statement Tuesday evening, saying that “today’s toxicology report does not change the most pertinent facts of this tragedy: Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher who was, unarmed and had his hands up, without provocation or justification and she should be held accountable for her unlawful actions.”

Bob Blakemore, another attorney for Johnson, said in a statement Tuesday that the toxicology finding “is a distraction and utterly immaterial to the crucial issue,” which is “was Officer Shelby justified in using deadly force on an unarmed man who posed no threat to any officer or citizen?” He said that “those, like Mr. Crutcher, who struggle with addiction should receive treatment, not a bullet in the chest.”

Officer Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter and entered a not guilty plea on September 30.

She claims she was temporarily deaf during her encounter with Terence Crutcher.

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