Va. police: Woman fatally shot herself while handcuffed behind back
According to the medical examiner, the woman allegedly took a gun out of a car, "contorted" her body and shot herself
By Kate Feldman
New York Daily News
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A 19-year-old Virginia woman committed suicide by shooting herself through the mouth, despite having her hands handcuffed behind her back, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Sarah Wilson was a passenger in her boyfriend’s car when they were pulled over by Chesapeake police in July 2018, according to WAVY.
Officers arrested both Wilson and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, and handcuffed her with her hands behind her back.
Medlin allegedly resisted arrest and tried to flee, at which point officers left Wilson to deal with him.
Wilson then allegedly took a gun out of the car, “contorted” her body and shot herself, Chesapeake Police Spokesman Leo Kosinski told WAVY in August.
Donna Price, the administrator of the chief medical examiner’s Norfolk office, confirmed on Friday that Wilson had died by suicide after shooting herself in the mouth.
At the time of the incident, Kosinski said that one of the officers had been wearing a body cam, but that it was knocked offline “during the struggle.”
Medlin was arrested after the traffic stop and charged with possession of oxycodone, possession of suboxone, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with a schedule I or II drug, fleeing from a law enforcement officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Police found 11 oxycodone, a syringe, drug paraphernalia, a rifle and several boxes of ammunition in his car. He had also swallowed a golf ball-sized bag of an unknown substance.
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