TULSA, Okla. — The man shot and killed by an Oklahoma police officer was on drugs sometime before the fatal encounter, according to the Tulsa Police Department.
Terence Crutcher had traces of PCP in his system when he died, according to a toxicology report. Investigators said the presence of the drug may be used to support that Crutcher was acting erratically and ignoring the officers' instructions, but the report does not prove Crutcher was experiencing the symptoms of the drug when the encounter went down.
Officer Betty Shelby is charged with felony manslaughter after investigators said the policewoman was the one to pull the trigger. Shelby claims Crutcher was reaching into his car for a possible weapon, but police dash cam and aerial footage taken during the incident does not support that claim.
But...shooting a person because he or she was on drugs isn't legal justification for an officer to use lethal force against a suspect.
It's possible the case could come down to the actions of Crutcher and Shelby's action at the moment she pulled the trigger, but that's not how it always shakes out.