Medical Examiner: Terence Crutcher Had PCP In System When He Died

Oct 11, 2016

Oklahoma's medical examiner says an unarmed man shot dead by a Tulsa police officer last month had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system when he died.

Terence Crutcher was shot Sept. 16 after his car broke down on a Tulsa street. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after his death, with a prosecutor saying she reacted unreasonably after Crutcher disobeyed her commands.

Shelby's attorney Shannon McMurray says the officer was trained to spot people on PCP.

"She recognized, in her mind, that he was possibly high on PCP and that is a beginning of what caused her concern and heightened her alert."

However, David Riggs, one of the attorneys for the Crutcher family, says that's still no reason to shoot Crutcher and says it's a casebook example of how not to handle such a case.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday the 40-year-old suffered a "penetrating gunshot wound of chest." An autopsy noted that both of Crutcher's lungs were pierced and that he had four broken ribs.

An autopsy report said Crutcher's blood tested positive for phencyclidine, also known as PCP or Angel Dust. Medical literature says it can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence.