2017-07-12 / News

Texas cop suspended after suspect kills self in squad car

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas police officer has been suspended for 20 days without pay after an internal investigation of a handcuffed suspect who killed himself in the back of the officer's patrol car.

Officer Iven Wall was suspended for violating the Austin Police Department's pat- down procedures before 19- year-old Zachary Anam's January death.

The Austin American- Statesman reports interim Police Chief Brian Manley imposed the punishment after a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.

Anam was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Barton Creek Square Mall. While en route to police headquarters, Anam was able to draw a gun he had hidden on himself and fatally shot himself.

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