Aug 22, 2014 6:28 PM by Letitia Walker
State Police say the gun used in the shooting death of Victor White III is not one that deputies in Iberia Parish use.
You'll recall, troopers say Victor White III killed himself back in March after refusing to get out of a patrol car at the Sheriff's Office. They say White was handcuffed, with his hands behind his back.
The newly released coroner's report now classifies White's death as a suicide and says the bullet entered from the front of White's body. According to the autopsy, the bullet entered White's chest, then perforated his left lung and heart before exiting his armpit area and lacerating his upper arm.
State Police issued a release in March that said deputies were called to investigate a fight in the 300 block of Lewis Street and found White in possession of narcotics. Deputies say they handcuffed White and took him to the Sheriff's Office for processing, but they said White refused to exit the car when they arrived. State Police also said in their initial report that while the deputy was requesting assistance, White produced a handgun and shot himself once in the back. White was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
State Police Master Trooper Brooks David told us that troopers did originally believe the gunshot's entrance wound came from the back, however following the coroner's investigation, it was determined the entrance wound was from the front.
David said State Police are still waiting on evidence in the case. He said he cannot comment further on the active investigation.
Lt. Anthony Green, the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman at the time of the shooting, said protocol calls for deputies to check suspects for weapons before they are placed into a police unit.
The deputy involved in the incident remains on active duty for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.
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