Granted, if these were indeed Tupac’s last words then they are the most dramatic, Bishop-like last words ever uttered in this era. And they will only serve to increase his legend.
Recently, Vegas Seven interviewed Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant on the Las Vegas PD’s bike patrol unit on the Strip who happened to be on duty during the tragic September night when Tupac was shot. And per Carroll’s account, he was the last person Tupac saw, the same person who ‘Pac spoke his last words to.
“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.
“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: ‘F*** you.’
“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”
And why wait all of this time to share the detailed, shocking account? Carroll’s reasons were very simple. First, he claims no one – not the Shakur family, not attorneys or anyone – ever sought him out. Also, Tupac’s murder was still an open homicide case, therefore Carroll felt he couldn’t speak without being reprimanded. Now that he’s retired, he can speak freely. The final one?
“The…main reason I didn’t go public with this before is I didn’t want Tupac to be a martyr or hero because he told the cops ‘F*** you.’ I didn’t want to give him that. I didn’t want people to say, ‘Even when the chips were down, his life on the line, he still said “F*** you,” he still wouldn’t talk to the police.’ I didn’t want him to be a hero for that. And now enough time has passed, well, he’s a martyr anyway; he’s viewed as a hero anyway. My story, at this point, isn’t going to change any of that.”
He’s right. Hearing his version of the events only increases Tupac’s martyrdom as the patron saint of thugs.
Read the full interview with Carroll at Vegas Seven.