Terence Crutcher Was High On PCP And Refused Orders During Shots Fired Call At OSU Campus
Terence Crutcher Was High On PCP And Refused Orders During Shots Fired Call At Oklahoma State University Campus
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Before Terence Crutcher was shot by Betty Shelby after he repeatedly refused orders while appearing to be high on PCP, he had another run in with police.
On April 27th, 2012 Oklahoma State University officers were investigating a shots fired call when they contacted Terence Crutcher. At the time, Crutcher was high on PCP and refused the officer’s commands to show his hands. While reportedly pointing his rifle at Crutcher, the officer continued to order Crutcher to show his hands as Cruther got on the ground; Crutcher still did not show his hands.
While Terence Crutcher was laying on the ground and refusing to show his hands, officers warned him that he would be tased if he continued to not show his hands. Crutcher didn’t show his hands and was tased twice. Finally, Crutcher showed his hands and officers were able to get control of him. Terence Crutcher then told the officers that he was high on PCP and he was transported by an ambulance for a medical evaluation.
Officer Shelby’s lawyers plan to use the incident to show Terence Crutcher’s history of criminally refusing to follow commands. However, the prosecution will use the incident as an example that the Oklahoma State University officer was able to take Crutcher into custody without shooting him. They will claim that Officer Shelby should have been able to just use a taser as well.
One of the key differences between the two incidents is that in the OSU incident, Crutcher got on the ground. In the incident with Officer Betty Shelby, Crutcher was not on the ground and reportedly reached inside of his vehicle.
Terence Crutcher’s toxicology report isn’t in yet, but based on officers’ accounts, it appears likely that he was on PCP at the time of the shooting.
SOURCE: Lori Fullbright NewsOn6