Louisiana State Police detectives are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man who died while handcuffed in the back of a squad car.
According to authorities, Victor White of New Iberia died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The initial investigation indicates that Sunday night at about 11:22 p.m., deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were responding to the report of a fight in the 300 block of Lewis Street. Upon responding to the area, deputies located White and discovered he was in possession of illegal narcotics.
White was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back, and transported to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for processing. Once at the sheriff’s office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle.
As the deputies sought backup to remove White from the vehicle, he produced a handgun and fired one round striking himself in the back.
White was taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
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