On Sept. 7, 1996 officers received a call that the West Coast rapper had been shot. Six days after the shooting Shakur died at age 25. Chris Carroll was a sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s bike patrol unit and one of the first to respond to the scene of Shakur’s shooting.
In an interview with Vegas Seven, Carroll recounts what happened the night of Sept. 7, 1996.
Carroll talks approaching the BMW that Shakur was riding in that night:
“I finally get the car door to open, and as I pull it open, the guy inside came right out, like he was leaning against the door. And at first I thought the guy was going to bust out of the door right on top of me; I thought this was his plan of attack, so to speak. But then I notice that he’s not coming out of the door; he was falling out of it. So I grabbed him with my left arm and he falls into me, and I’ve still got my gun in the other hand. He’s covered with blood, and I immediately notice that the guy’s got a ton of gold on—a necklace and other jewelry—and all of the gold is covered in blood. That has always left an image in my mind.”
After he pulls Shakur’s body from the car:
“After I pulled him out, Suge starts yelling at him, ‘Pac! Pac!’ And he just keeps yelling it. And the guy I’m holding is trying to yell back at him. He’s sitting up and he’s struggling to get the words out, but he can’t really do it. And as Suge is yelling ‘Pac!,’ I look down and I realize that this is Tupac Shakur.”
When he tries to question Shakur:
“There’s something in police work called the ‘dying declaration,’ a legal concept that, in a nutshell, basically says that if someone who believes they’re going to die gives out the name of a suspect or is able to explain what happened, that’s not considered hearsay in court as and when they’re not there to testify; it’s admissible evidence.
So I’m looking at Tupac, and he’s trying to yell back at Suge, and I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he’s trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, ‘Who did this? Who shot you?’ And he basically kept ignoring me. And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that.
He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’
He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘bad word you.’
After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”
Carroll goes on to say that as soon as Shakur arrived at University Medical Hospital he went into surgery and was later put on life support machines and was put into a drug-induced coma before dying on September 13.
Carroll and other officers believe a man by the name of Orlando Anderson was responsible for Shakur’s death. Word is that he had planned to shoot Shakur at a local club but took the opportunity when he came upon the BMW Knight and Shakur were riding in.
We’ll probably never know because Anderson was killed in an unrelated incident, a shootout at a car wash in Compton on May 29, 1998.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe Carroll’s story?
Source: Vegas Seven