The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer says a report finding PCP in the man's system is a "distraction" and "utterly immaterial" from the crucial issue in the case - whether or not the officer was justified in using deadly force. "The toxicology report also tentatively identified tenocyclidine, a hallucinogen similar to PCP, in Crutcher's system", Courthouse News reports. The report said Crutcher had "acute phencyclidine intoxication", according to KOTV.
The report notes that some of Crutcher's ribs were fractured and a bullet fragment was recovered.
In this image made from a Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 police video, Terence Crutcher, center, is pursued by police officers as he walks to an SUV in Tulsa, Okla. Crutcher was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead after he was shot by the officer around 8 p.m., Friday, police said.
Medical literature says PCP, also known as Angel Dust, can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence as well as agitation, mania and depression. The Drug Enforcement Administration advises that PCP causes most of its users to experience "auditory hallucinations and severe mood disorders".
"No doubt there will be those who will seize upon this news to justify the killing of Terence Crutcher", he said in a statement.
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the cause of death for Terence Crutcher was a gunshot wound to the chest. The officers backed away and Crutcher was left unattended on the street for about two minutes before an officer attended to him.
Shelby is charged with manslaughter in his death. Footage of the incident shows Crutcher walking toward his vehicle with his hands raised, while officers trail behind. She faces between four years to life in prison if convicted. Her attorneys also said that Crutcher had reached into the driver's side open window of his SUV before the officer perceived a threat and shot him.
The Inquisitr wrote that District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler had previously been adamant that manslaughter was the best charge against the officer and today, he stated that the toxicology report findings of PCP is not something which surprises the department.
The attorneys released a statement Tuesday night after the Oklahoma medical examiner released autopsy results for Terence Crutcher.