Jesus Huerta died in the back seat of a police car from a gunshot wound through the mouth, police claim was self inflicted.
Huerta was cuffed after they received a call for a runaway juvenile and found that he had a previous warrant. Officer Duncan frisked Huerta by checking his pockets and jacket to check for weapons and found none.
Clayton said Huerta tried to drop his handcuffed hands behind his knees, and Duncan told him to stop. Huerta said he “had a wedgie” and was uncomfortable. Huerta continued to try to do that en route to the Durham Police Department, which was only a mile away. Duncan said he heard something rubbing in the back seat of the car.
Clayton said Duncan planned to check Huerta again once he reached headquarter, but on arrival, Duncan heard a gunshot in the back.
Duncan then jumped out of the car, which was still in drive, and the car crashed. And in more unfortunate news, Clayton said the car’s internal video was not turned on at the time. It was started at 6:05 p.m. when Duncan initially logged on to the system but did not turn the camera back on after picking up Huerta.
When officers approached the car, they found Huerta dead in the back along with a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun.
Medical examiners say Huerta died at 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 19 and the manner of death was “undetermined.” He was found slumped slightly to his left side and the gun was on the passenger side floor board.
An uproar has stirred as police cannot reveal how the gun got into Huerta’s possession in the first place.