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Autopsy results reveal Terence Crutcher had PCP in his system when he was shot by Oklahoma cop

October 12, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Autopsy results reveal Terence Crutcher had PCP in his system when he was shot by Oklahoma cop

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Newly released information revealed Terence Crutcher, the unarmed victim who was shot and killed by an Oklahoma cop in September, was high on PCP during the incident.

An autopsy report published by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed  the 40-year-old man had taken PCP and another hallucinogen called tenocyclidine, also known as TCP.

Coroners also determined that Crutcher was killed from a gunshot wound to his chest, which has since been categorized as a homicide.

Betty Shelby, a white officer with the Tulsa Police Department, is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter for her role in Crutcher’s death.

Footage of the incident, which showed the victim’s hands up in the air as he walked to his broken-down car, provoked protests across the country.

Authorities announced that they discovered a vial of the drug, which also goes by the name Angel Dust or embalming fluid, in the man’s vehicle.

Blood tests confirmed Terence Crutcher had taken both TCT and PCP, both of which are notorious for their strong effects. Medical examiners said that Crutcher suffered from “acute phencyclidine intoxication” at the time he was killed.

“PCP use often causes a user to feel detached, distant and estranged from his surroundings,” a fact sheet from the DEA stated. “Auditory hallucinations and severe mood disorders can occur. In some users, acute anxiety, paranoia, and hostility, as well as psychosis can occur.”

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, the victim’s twin sister, told the New York Daily News that the PCP found in his SUV is “irrelevant to the case.”

“If they did [find it], that was discovered after he was shot and murdered. Drugs are not justification for using force,” she added.

The autopsy also showed that the shot that killed Crutcher entered his right chest and didn’t exit. Coroners recovered the bullet on the left side of his chest.

The gunshot also pierced both lungs and shattered four of his ribs.

Shelby pleaded not guilty in court on September 30th is facing between four years and life behind if she’s found guilty.

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