Handcuffed Philadelphia man shoots himself
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
On Monday morning, a 26-year-old man named Oliver Neal was stopped in southern Philadelphia by police, who took him into custody after finding four packets of cocaine in his possession.
According to a police statement, Mr. Neal shot himself in the back of the head while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, and after having been searched for a weapon. Neal was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with news reports listing his condition as critical or stable.
Neal's family held a press conference on Tuesday. His father said, “He had his problems in the past, but that has no bearing on what occurred.”
Both Internal Affairs and a Philadelphia homicide team are investigating the shooting.
- CHRISTINE OLLEY & SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM at philly.com. "Cops: Man shot self in cop car" — Philadelphia Daily News, November 21, 2006
- SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM at philly.com. "Parents want answers—They want to know how son could shoot self in cop car" — Philadelphia Daily News, November 22, 2006
- AP. "Police: Handcuffed suspect shoots self" — Yahoo! News, November 20, 2006
- "Handcuffed Man Shoots Self In Cop Car" — KYW-TV, November 20, 2006