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Handcuffed Man in Back Seat of Squad Car Obtains Gun, Kills Himself

September 11, 2018  | 

A man handcuffed and sitting in the back of a Spotsylvania County (VA) Sheriff's Office squad car reportedly was able to get his hands in front of him, obtain a gun from a "restricted area" of the vehicle, and shoot himself in the head, leaving him with a wound that would ultimately kill him.

The man’s mother, Linda Richardson, accused the Sheriff’s Office of negligence, saying: "This did not have to happen."

Deputies were standing near the squad car—discussing their next course of action—when the man shot himself.

According to, the man was distraught and suicidal because he and his girlfriend had just broken up.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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Greg Connor @ 9/12/2018 12:37 PM

I unfortunately read the newspaper account of the incident and have even more questions on the situation and eventual circumstances. First, apparently the subject was known to have mental problems. Secondly. although not clear it sounds like the "restricted" area was an unlocked glove box. Third, the "cage" had glass barriers that could be opened if left unlocked. Fourth, the mother of the individual was present at the scene and observed the subject moving in the squad possibly trying to get out of the handcuffs or at least manipulate them in some manner. Fifth, before the subject shot himself he called on his cell phone to announce his intentions. Sixth, that same department was "watching" him for a period of time at the hospital before dropping the charges.
Did someone not realize that what COULD have happened when we have no one watching the person, a gun in the car with ammunition, an unsecured cage, etc.? Will the investigation lead to discipline? Guess?

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