Handcuffed Son Didn't Shoot Himself, Grieving Dad Insists
Victor White III's father disputes coroner's report, police statements
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2014 12:01 PM CDT
Victor White Sr. is the father of Victor White III, who died in the custody of Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies.   (whirl400)

(Newser) – Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News. But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because White had a new baby with his longtime girlfriend, a steady job, and possible college plans, and because details in the recently released coroner’s report contradict the police report. "You can't make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself," Rev. Victor White II tells NBC. "I don't believe a thing they’re saying at this point."

White and a friend were reportedly picked up by the police after reports of a fight outside a local gas station; the station manager says the two were inside the store when the fight broke out. Cops let White's friend go, but what happened next is where the story gets murky. A police statement said an "uncooperative," handcuffed White "produced a handgun" and shot himself in the back while in custody, even though cops said no weapon was found on White during two recorded searches before the shooting. The coroner agrees that White shot himself but says the 22-year-old was shot in the front, that there were scratches on White's face (the police said there was no physical altercation with officers), and that the bullet went through his right chest and out his left armpit—White's family says he was left-handed, making the suggested scenario hard for them to believe. Click for more details.

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Sammirah Meowski
Sep 14, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
One less career criminal in the world.
Sep 13, 2014 1:57 AM CDT
Another shining example of forensic science clearing a seemingly impossible mystery. I particularly like how the optical illusion of producing a gun from behind but shooting oneself from in front was achieved. Kudos to the cops and technicians that kept this incident from becoming an aggravated murder case. It is unfortunate that Mr. White died but the police are obviously blameless in this case, any blind or minority person can see that. We should give those old boys medals for what they did. Don't you agree that's the right thing to do? Let's go get some gumbo boys!
Old Guy
Aug 27, 2014 1:23 PM CDT
What is needed is a complete investigation by a neutral team of investigators. I'm not sure such a thing exist in Louisiana, if not the Governor owes it to the people of Louisiana to establish such a mechanism.