Las Vegas cop Chris Carroll was the last person to speak to the rapper on the night he died in 1996.
Tupac Shakur’s last words have been revealed by the police officer who was first on the scene at the fatal shooting 18 years ago.
In a detailed account of his experience relayed to Vegas Seven, Las Vegas police officer Chris Carroll claims Tupac refused to reveal who had fired the shots, saying only two words to him: “Fuck you.”
“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.”
Carroll’s account – part of a lengthy piece on Tupac’s death – differs significantly from previous reports, particularly in the book Las Vegas author Cathy Scott’s book The Killing of Tupac Shakur.
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