Au­topsy: Tulsa po­lice vic­tim had PCP in sys­tem when shot

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

An un­armed Oklahoma man shot dead by a po­lice of­fi­cer after his car broke down on a city street last month had the hal­lu­cino­genic drug PCP in his sys­tem when he died, a med­i­cal ex­am­iner said 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.

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.

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