Louisiana Police Say Suspect Shot Himself In Chest While Handcuffed

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The autopsy report of Victor White III, a man Louisiana police claim shot himself in the back of a squad car in March, doesn’t support the report made by New Iberia cops.

The report from the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office shows White, 22, was shot in the chest, not in the back, directly contradicting statements made by State Police who said White killed himself while struggling in the backseat of a sheriff’s unit while handcuffed.

"My initial response was correct, that something was awry, and that something had gone wrong,” said White’s father, Victor White Sr.

The bullet entered White’s chest, perforated his left lung and head before exiting near his armpit and lacerating his upper arm, the report says.

The report deemed his death a suicide.

Police said they searched White before putting him in the back of the vehicle, following procedure when they took him into custody during a drug arrest.

State Police Master Trooper Brooks David told KATC that he can’t comment on the case because it is still an active investigation.

"Here is a family that, we are still grieving,” said White. “I'm angry the autopsy report took so long. I'm angry and frustrated with the fact that it's still not over."


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