Greg Wiley, the brother of a Akron, Ohio, teen, Xavier McMullen, who allegedly shot himself in the head while handcuffed in police custody is now searching for answers. The bizarre part is his brother was seated in the back of a police car with his hands handcuffed behind his back when he supposedly shot himself.
Xavier died Friday night while in custody. He was arrested earlier that day for his connection with a robbery. The Summit County Medical Examiner ruled Monday that was cause of death was a gun shot wound to the head.
Wiley has been struggling to understand and accept what the police say happened since his brother’s hands were handcuffed behind his back at the time he allegedly shot himself, “I don’t believe he killed himself. I can’t,” Wiley said. “But maybe, if he had a gun on him, he was trying to get it off of him, and while wiggling and struggling, the trigger pulled. I’d understand a gunshot wound to his back, stomach, something like that. But not the head—how is that possible?”
Akron Police Captain did not confirm weather or not Xavier was patted down at the time of his arrest. According to Wiley, his brother’s death is on them. “Why wasn’t he patted down properly?” Wiley asked several times during an interview. “The cops did not do their job. I feel the cops took my brother. “That’s not fair to us as a family,” Wiley said in response to the departments actions. “A badge does not make you better than the rest of us.”
Currently the six officers involved in that night have not been placed on administrative leave.