Mar 3, 2014 4:15 PM by Tonya LaCoste
A New Iberia man shot himself in the back and killed himself while in the custody of Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies, according to state police. Trooper Stephen Hammons said Victor White III, 22, was arrested after deputies were called to investigate a fight in the 300 block of Lewis St. Sunday night around 11:22. "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," Hammons said.
Once the deputy arrived at the sheriff's office with White in custody, Hammons said White refused to get out of the vehicle. "As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round striking himself in the back," Hammons said. White was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Lt. Anthony Green says basic police training says "if you put someone in your unit, you do check for weapons." He said the suspect was checked, because the deputy found narcotics on White's person. How thoroughly he was checked will be determined in the state police investigation.
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