A 22-year-old New Iberia man who Louisiana State Police
say shot himself to death while handcuffed in the back of a police
cruiser had a gunshot wound in the chest, a coroner's report shows, and
not in the back as police had previously said, NBCNews.com reported.
But the coroner's report agreed with in ruling Victor White III's death a suicide.
Police has said White, who was arrested on a minor drug offense in
March, shot himself in the back while handcuffed inside the police
cruiser. According to the NBC News report, a newly obtained coroner's
report shows that White was shot in the chest, and that he had abrasions
on his face, something police had not reported.
White, the son of a Baptist minister, was killed by a bullet that
entered his right chest and exited under his left armpit, NBC reported
citing the coroner document.
Despite the fact that White was reportedly handcuffed during the
ordeal, the coroner ruled the death a suicide, the news report said.
White's hands were never tested for gunshot residue and family
members of the dead man say they don't believe the account given by
authorities, the website said.
White's father, Rev. Victor White II, told NBC that he didn't believe
that his son - a man with a new child, a girlfriend and a job - would
have wanted to commit suicide.
"You can't make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he
was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself," White told the news
organization. "I don't believe a thing they're saying at this point."
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