Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, has opened up about the final days of Tupac Shakur. Speaking to Vegas Seven (via Rolling Stone) in a feature that appears to have crashed the weekly’s Web site, the former officer admits he stayed silent regarding his first responder role to the iconic rapper’s 1996 shooting because he didn’t want “Tupac to be a martyr or a hero.”
Here’s what Carroll means: “[Shakur] 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.”
Shakur was shot several times while at a Las Vegas stop light on September 7, 1996, after he left Mike Tyson’s boxing match with former Death Row CEO Suge Knight and got into a fight with 21-year-old Crips gang member Orlando Anderson at the MGM Grand casino. He died six days later, and his murder case remains unsolved. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical inspired by Shakur’s music and lyrics, is set to begin previews at the Palace Theatre next Thursday, May 29.