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Police: Suicidal shoplifter shoots himself in head

A man in Austin, Texas, cuffed and in the back seat of a police cruiser for shoplifting, shot himself in the head without warning, police report.

Global News wrote that the suspect, whose name is still disclosed, was arrested on Sunday and charged with suspicion of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance after police were called to the Barton Creek Mall.

Austin police Chief Brian Manley didn’t explain why the suspect wasn’t searched before being placed in the squad car. Authorities are still investigating the incident, trying to determine why a suspect was riding in the back of a police cruiser with a gun.

Once inside the car, the man pulled a gun from his waistband, pointed toward his head and shot himself.

According to South Austin Patch, the suspect was possibly a teenager. Then incident occurred close to Sixth and Lavaca streets at around 1 p.m. Manley said it happened around a crowd of people.

“This was occurring right outside of a bar that was crowded with patrons watching a football game at this time, so the officers were trying to get people a safe distance away from the scene, while actively handling what was happening.”

The suspect refused to identify himself, but he talked freely about “suicidal idealizations,” according to Manley.

The story is ongoing. Check back for updates.