TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office released its autopsy results of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, the unarmed man who was shot an killed by a Tulsa police officer.
On September 16, Crutcher was shot and killed by Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby after his car was stopped in the middle of a roadway.
Officers at the scene say Crutcher was acting erratically and was not following commands.
According to the affidavit, Shelby asked Crutcher if the vehicle was his and if it was disabled.
“He was mumbling to himself and would not answer any of Officer Shelby’s questions. Mr. Crutcher kept putting his hands in his pockets and Officer Shelby kept telling him to show his hands. At that point, Mr. Crutcher began walking towards the abandoned vehicle with his hands held up and was not responding to any of Officer Shelby’s commands to stop,” the affidavit claims.
WARNING: This video is graphic and shows the shooting of a man. It is not suitable for all audiences.
In the dash cam video, you see Crutcher walking away from an officer and toward his vehicle with his hands up.
Shortly after that, Crutcher was shot to death by Officer Shelby. Crutcher was unarmed, authorities confirmed.
One week after the shooting, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charged Shelby with one count of first-degree manslaughter.
Shelby turned herself in the following day.
A preliminary report from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Crutcher died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
His manner of death was ruled a homicide.
There was some speculation that Crutcher was under the influence of drugs at the time of his death after officers said that PCP was found inside his vehicle.
The full autopsy report was released Tuesday, nearly a month after the deadly shooting.
The autopsy shows Crutcher did in fact have PCP in his system.
According to the toxicology results, Crutcher had 96 nanograms per milliliter of phencyclidine, or PCP, in his bloodstream at the time of his death.
Tenocyclidine, a hallucinogenic drug, was also detected in his system.
However, Crutcher's family attorney said that even if the man did have drugs in his system, lethal force was not necessary.
"Even though it is irrelevant to the use of lethal force, it is worth noting that these findings do not tell us whether or not Terence Crutcher was under the influence of PCP at the time of this encounter. Testing positive to a substance in your system is very different than being under the influence of a substance, though again neither justify the government gunning someone down in the street.
We encourage the public, the media, and law enforcement to resist the temptation to seize upon this all too convenient practice of character assassination in an attempt to divert attention away from meaningful responses to the systematic violence and dehumanization that is far too common in interactions between law enforcement and communities of color.
These findings in no way change the tragic fact that Terence Crutcher should be alive and with his family today," a statement from Ryan Kiesel, executive director of ACLU of Oklahoma, read in part.
Officer Shelby pleaded not guilty to the first-degree manslaughter charge.
She is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 29.