LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police video recorded the night a young man was fatally shot in a northeast Arkansas patrol car while his hands were cuffed behind his back hasn’t resolved questions about whether he shot himself in the head as officers said.
Jonesboro police released footage to The Associated Press and other news organizations under a Freedom of Information Act request this week. They released more footage Friday amid questions about why the first batch of video appeared to end before the officers found Chavis Carter, 21, slumped over and bleeding in the back of a patrol car on July 28 as described in a police report. Police have said officers had frisked Carter twice without finding a gun. (more…)
ARKANSAS – Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas are responding to cries of foul-play in the case of the death of 21-year-old Chavis Carter by launching an investigation. The young man, handcuffed after having being searched twice by two arresting officers, is alleged to have shot himself in the temple in the back of a patrol car Saturday night.
Carter, who died at the hospital, was a passenger in a pickup truck that was pulled over by police late Saturday night,reports WREG. According to Officer Keith Baggett who was on the scene, Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and several new plastic baggies when he searched Carter. When they ran his information through dispatch, they found that he was wanted on a warrant in Mississippi, where he lived. The cops then handcuffed him, searched him again, and put him in the back of the patrol car. While Baggett searched the vehicle, he claims he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” on his trunk and saw Marsh motion to him.
The thumping noise, according to the cops, was Carter shooting himself in the head. (more…)