Witness: Police Officers Not Near Chavis Carter When Gun Went Off

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(Memphis) The Jonesboro Police Department has released dash-cam video of a traffic stop that ended in the death of a handcuffed man in the back of a police car.

On the tape, a black female witness says she reported a suspicious truck to police.

She also says the police officers were several feet away from the squad car when a gunshot was heard, and continues to say she does not believe the police officers shot Chavis Carter.

Jonesboro police say Carter shot himself in the head after being handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car after a traffic stop.

Carter had been picked up by police July 28.

The sound of the gunshot in the squad car is not part of the video released.

Jonesboro police have already released a video showing how they claim carter could have shot himself.

A warrant was issued for Carter 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.

Jonesboro police have already released a video showing how they claim carter could have shot himself.

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