Earlier this year, Victor White III was shot and killed in the back of a police cruiser in New Orleans. It was alleged by the police officers that White shot himself in the back, while being handcuffed in the backseat of the sheriff’s car.
Now how is that possible?
A new autopsy refutes that claim. According to the report, “the bullet entered White’s chest, then perforated his left lung and heart before exiting his armpit area and lacerating his upper arm.”
According to State Police, who are handling the investigation, once at the jail, White refused to exit the vehicle. As the arresting deputy requested assistance, they say white produced a handgun he had been hiding in his pants, and shot himself in the back.
But the autopsy, performed by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office, reports the opposite, listing the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest. The family is puzzled as to how he could have shot himself in the chest with his hands cuffed behind his back.
“My initial response was correct, that something was awry, and that something had gone wrong,” said White, Sr.
The manner of death was ruled a suicide. But, the family of White aren’t convinced.
State Police cannot comment, saying it’s an ongoing investigation. White, Sr. says authorities aren’t even talking to the family, leaving them without closure.
“Here is a family that, we are still grieving,” said White, Sr. “I’m angry the autopsy report took so long. I’m angry and frustrated with the fact that it’s still not over.”
Can you spell cover-up?