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Shoplifter Shoots Himself In The Head—In A Police Car, While Handcuffed

Shoplifter Shoots Himself In The Head—In A Police Car, While Handcuffed

Photo: Crime scene after suspect shot himself in the head inside a police car; source KVUE.

A man arrested for shoplifting shot himself in the head—while handcuffed—in the back of an Austin (TX) police cruiser yesterday, according to a KVUE news report.

Austin Police were dispatched to the Barton Creek Mall regarding a shoplifting complaint. While playing the identity game, officers were attempting to verify his identity and discovered that the man had outstanding felony warrants.

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And in what should have been a routine procedure, the man was arrested, handcuffed, and placed in the police vehicle.

En route to the station for fingerprinting to determine his identity, the man began expressing suicidal thoughts to the arresting officer.

And when the officer asked if the man had a gun—he replied “yes.” He then pulled a handgun from his waistband—while handcuffed—and put it to his head.

Several minutes later, the man shot himself in the head.

He suffered life-threatening injuries, but was still alive when transported to a local medical center.

A camera inside the police car recorded the incident.

The arresting officer was an 11-year veteran. And it has not been made clear how the suspect’s gun was not discovered—before—the man was handcuffed and placed inside the police vehicle.

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  • ahaz

    Certainly a mistake was made. According to actual article provided in the link, the officer didn’t search the suspect because he was already cuffed by security. Unfortunately, the officer’s assumption and failure to follow policy contributed to this tragedy. Also the officers were very fortunate that the suspect turned the weapon on himself, rather than the officers. I do have one question, if the suspect was handcuffed, how was he able to point the weapon at his head and fire? Was he cuffed in the front?

  • Prison Planet

    Oh, No… The police are learning how police do things in the Philippines. People in police cars and handcuffs are always getting killed there.

    • retfed

      This happened in Indianapolis a few years ago.
      I noticed the teaser on the news story about a winter storm, so the offender may have had heavy clothing on. The heavier the clothing, the easier it is to miss something in a frisk.
      Usually, when an officer misses a gun and puts the offender in the backseat, the offender shoots the officer and not himself.

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