In 1993, Tupac shot two off-duty police officers. Fans of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur might know of references to him shooting police officers in his own song lyrics, as well as those of artists who came after him, like Eminem, who made reference to a 1993 shooting of two off-duty police officers.
Unlike many musicians, these lyrics were not simply artistic license or imaginative writing.
The incident happened as two brothers, Mark and Scott Whitwell, were almost hit by two cars as they crossed a street with their wives. A verbal altercation ensued, and the officers ended up pulling their guns and aiming them at the people in the cars. One of the passengers was Tupac Shakur, who didn’t hesitate to draw his own firearm and shoot at the aggressors, who had illegally aimed their weapons at him. It was not known if the brothers identified themselves as cops.
A witness said Shakur fired at the brothers and three 9mm casings were found at the scene. The upshot was that both brothers were in a satisfactory condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with wounds of the stomach and buttocks.
While Tupac was initially charged, the New Yorker later explained that “the charges were dropped when it emerged that the policemen had been drinking and had initiated the incident, and when the prosecution’s own witness testified that the gun one of the officers threatened Tupac with had been seized in a drug bust and then stolen from an evidence locker.”