Jonesboro Police Show How Chavis Carter Could Have Shot Himself
(Jonesboro, AR) Police in Jonesboro, AR have released a videotape showing how Chavis Carter could have shot himself.
Carter was cuffed and the back of a Jonesboro Police car when two officers said they heard a pop and found Carter with a gunshot to the head.
The tape shows several officers, about the same size as Carter, in a squad car with cuffs on, who are able to pull out a hidden gun and put it to their head.
Carter had been picked up by police July 28.
A warrant was issued when he did not show up for a court date after being caught with marijuana.
Officers searched him, handcuffed him behind his back, and put him in a squad car.
The New York Daily News quoted Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates as saying a dashboard-camera video and accounts from unnamed witnesses “tend to support” Baggett and Marsh’s account.
Yates has said both witnesses and the dashboard camera put the officers outside the vehicle at the time the gun was fired.
The two officers were placed on paid administrative leave, pending results of the probe.
The FBI is monitoring the police investigation and will perform ballistics tests on the .380-caliber, cobra semi-automatic handgun found near his body.
The gun had been reported stolen in Jonesboro, a month before.