LAS VEGAS — The police officer who was first on the scene at Tupac Shakur’s 1996 drive-by murder has revealed the rap legend’s final words, according to Vegas Seven Magazine. And they are not exactly peaceful.
Speaking with Vegas Seven, Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said he was trying to get what is called a “dying declaration” from Shakur of who shot him before the rapper spoke his final words.
“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,” Carroll said. “And then the words came out: ‘F*** you.’
“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”
Shakur was shot multiple times on Sept. 7, 1996. After leaving a boxing match with Suge Knight, the rapper and his bodyguards had a confrontation with a Crips gang member in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas.
A time later, a white Cadillac pulled up beside of the vehicle Shakur and Knight were in and shot into it multiple times. Shakur was hit in the chest, pelvis, right hand and thigh. He later died on Sept. 13, 1996, of internal bleeding at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Carroll says he is coming forward with this information only now for two reasons; first, because retiring has allowed him the freedom to speak about the homicide case; and second, because he didn’t want “Tupac to be a martyr or a hero because he told the cops ‘F*** you.'”
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