18 years after the fact, not much progress can be seen in solving the murder of the late Tupac Shakur. However, a retired police officer that was on the scene after the shooting in Las Vegas has come out to retell the story of what he saw and what could’ve been Shakur’s last conscious moments.
Sean DeFrank, a writer for Vegas Seven, was in casual conversation with his now-retired police officer cousin, Chris Carroll, when he realized that he was telling him the story of September 7, 1996 when Tupac Shakur was shot after Mike Tyson reclaimed the WBC heavyweight championship. He was on bike patrol and got the call and headed to the crime scene where he found Tupac bleeding in the passenger seat. Carroll tried asking Tupac what happened and, before he slipped into unconsciousness, he responded with a “Fuck You.”
You can read excerpts of the story below and read the full story here.
On coming up on the scene:
“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.
“I’ve got him in one hand, I’ve got the gun in the other hand, I’m still yelling at the other guys, and I pull him out of the car. Well, right about then, thank God, another bike cop shows up. He was probably the guy who was chasing the cars initially. He gets Suge off my back, because Suge was somewhat of a threat to me; the other guys were kinda listening—some proned out, some on their knees, some standing around.
On Tupac’s last moments:
“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: ‘Fuck you.’
“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.