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Handcuffed Texas suspect shoots himself while in custody

This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Zacharay Khabir Anam. Khabir Anam, a Texas man who managed to pull a handgun from his waistband and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police patrol car died of his wound Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas, one day after the shooting. An Austin police statement confirmed that 19-year-old Zachary Khabir Anam, died at University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin. (Austin Police Department via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Zacharay Khabir Anam. Khabir Anam, a Texas man who managed to pull a handgun from his waistband and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police patrol car died of his wound Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas, one day after the shooting. An Austin police statement confirmed that 19-year-old Zachary Khabir Anam, died at University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin. (Austin Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Texas police say a suspect in handcuffs pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot himself in the head while he was being driven to a police station.

Interim Austin police Chief Brian Manley says the man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shoplifting and possessing a controlled substance.

Manley didn't explain if the man was searched or why he had a weapon while in custody.

He says the handcuffed man was inside a police car when he pulled the weapon and aimed it at his head. An officer ordered him to drop the weapon but minutes later the man shot himself.

The suspect was being treated late Sunday for life-threatening injuries. Manley has not released the suspect's name, but says he's in his late teens or early 20s.