Tupac Shakur death: Last words of the rapper revealed 18 years after his murder

Chris Carroll, a now retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sergeant, recounts Shakur's final conscious moments for the first time

The last words Tupac Shakur spoke have been revealed by a police officer who was called to the scene of the rapper’s murder.

Chris Carroll, a now retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sergeant, told Vegas Seven magazine he was on bike patrol on the Las Vegas Strip on 7 September 1996 when Shakur was shot dead in his BMW in a drive-by attack.

Speaking for the first time publicly about finding Shakur injured in the seat of his car, Caroll recalled:

“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.

 

“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 [Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, who was in the seat next to Tupac at the time of the shooting] off my back, because Suge was somewhat of a threat to me.

“After I pulled him out, Suge starts yelling at him, ‘Pac! Pac!’ I look down and I realise that this is Tupac Shakur. At the time, it didn’t really mean much of anything to me. I was more concerned that this was a bad situation to be in with just one other cop.”

Tupac attended the MTV Music Awards with Snoop Dogg just three days before he was shot Tupac attended the MTV Music Awards with Snoop Dogg just three days before he was shot

Carroll then goes on to recount his final conscious moments.

“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 when they’re not there to testify; it’s admissible evidence,” he explained.

“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: ‘F**k you.’

“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”

Tupac also starred in several films, including Gridlock'd with Tim Roth Tupac also starred in several films, including Gridlock'd with Tim Roth

Shakur was then taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada hospital, where he remained under a medically induced coma for six days. He died of internal bleeding on 13 September after several failed attempts by doctors to revive him. His mother, Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur, requested for his life support machine to be turned off.

“[Shakur’s murder] is still considered an unsolved homicide,” Carroll explained, though he was not involved in the investigation after the incident had taken place. “And an unsolved homicide case is technically never closed. But nothing more is ever going to happen with it.

Shakur, who released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now  in 1991, sold over 75million records in his life, making him one of the best-selling rappers of all time.

He had become a central figure in the escalating East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry in the Nineties, and publicly claimed that The Notorious B.I.G and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, who were based in New York, were behind an attack on him in 1994.

He retaliated by bragging about sleeping with The Notorious B.I.G’s wife, the RnB singer Faith Evans, in his 1996 track “Hit ‘Em Up”.

A new musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, based on the life of Shakur, is set to open on Broadway in June.

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