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Tulsa police victim had PCP in system when he died

Several officers approached Crutcher, and one of them, Betty Shelby, fired at him while his hands were up beside the vehicle, according to police.

The toxicology report, released by the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office Tuesday afternoon, indicates that PCP, known medically as Phencyclidine, was found in Crutcher's blood.

Terence Crutcher, 40, had "acute phencyclidine intoxication" when he was fatally shot on 16 September, according to a medical examiner. According to AP, PCP or Angel Dust can induce euphoria and feelings of omnipotence, as per medical literature. Videos from a police helicopter and a dashboard camera of the shooting showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air, but the footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the single shot. In addition to saying Crutcher was high, it said he was obese and had too much cholesterol in his gallbladder. They also have said that even if Crutcher was on drugs, he did not deserve to die.

Tulsa police said previously that PCP was discovered in Crutcher's stalled SUV after his death.

But Crutcher family lawyer Benjamin Crump had said: "Let us not be thrown a red herring and to say because something was found in the auto that is justification to shoot him".

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According to an arrest affidavit, the officer overreacted when she came upon Crutcher, whose vehicle had broken down.

The positive results could help Shelby's defense in that she said she perceived Crutcher to be a threat to her safety.

Under Oklahoma law, first-degree manslaughter carries a minimum sentence of four years.

Tulsa has a history of troubled race relations.

Shelby is charged with manslaughter in his death. That shooting led to the temporary suspension of the reserve deputy program after a report found poor training of the volunteer officers, a lack of oversight and widespread cronyism.

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