The 16th Judicial District announced Friday that no criminal charges would be filed against the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office in the shooting death of Victor White III.
White was shot in the chest while handcuffed in the back of a deputy’s unit in March, 2014. An earlier federal investigation cleared the sheriff’s office from wrongdoing in the case, which gained national attention by civil rights organizations.
“After a thorough examination of all of the evidence, witness statements, dispatch logs, dash camera videos, forensic investigations by the lberia Parish Coroner and the United States Armed Services Medical Examiner, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Department of
Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the FBI all determined that there was no prosecutable violation
of any federal criminal civil rights statutes,” the 16th JDC said in an issued statement on Friday.
White’s death was deemed self-inflicted by investigators. Deputies found a small amount of drugs on his person during an initial search, but no gun.
White, police said, produced the gun while in the backseat of the police car and, while his hands were behind his back, shot himself.
“The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office sympathizes with the White family over the tragic loss of Victor White, Ill. lt is our sincere hope that with the conclusion of this investigation they can begin to heal from this tragedy.”