Man kills himself in backseat of Iberia Parish deputy’s car

State Police are investigating the death of a New Iberia man who apparently shot and killed himself while handcuffed in an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle Sunday night, officials said.

Victor White III, 22, was reportedly fighting with others in the 300 block of Lewis Street when deputies, responding to a call, arrived at 11:22 a.m., Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said in a news release.

Deputies who searched White said they found illegal drugs, cuffed his hands behind his back, then placed him in a squad car for transport to the Sheriff’s Office for processing, Hammons said.

“Once at the Sheriff’s Office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle,” Hammons said.

As the deputy requested assistance, White produced a handgun and fired one round, striking himself in the back, Hammons said.

White was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Louis Ackal asked State Police to investigate the incident. State Police-led investigations in deaths involving officers are normal.

“We’re investigating how he got the gun,” Hammons said late Monday. “It’s too early in our investigation to comment further.”

The Rev. Raymond Brown, president of National Action Now of New Orleans, said Monday night his organization also plans to look into the shooting death. The group also looked into an excessive force complaint against the Iberia Sheriff’s Office following a large street party in September.

“Something is seriously wrong with this picture,” Brown said Monday night of White’s shooting death.