By Jeannie Nuss
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — An autopsy report released Monday lists the death of a man shot in the head while his hands were cuffed behind him in an Arkansas patrol car as a suicide.
The state crime lab report, signed by three medical examiners, said the muzzle of a gun was placed against the right side of 21-year-old Chavis Carter’s head when it was fired. Jonesboro police released the report to The Associated Press and other news organizations under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The report said the manner of death was ruled a suicide based on autopsy findings and investigative conclusions from the Jonesboro police department.
“He was cuffed and placed into a police car, where apparently he produced a weapon, and despite being handcuffed, shot himself in the head,” the report says.
Police have said officers frisked Carter twice after a traffic stop without finding a gun before he was fatally shot July 28.
- Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Arkansas a suicide (bostonherald.com)
- Autopsy: Death of Chavis Carter ruled a suicide (thegrio.com)
- Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Ark. a suicide (ktvb.com)
- Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Ark. a suicide (kansas.com)
- Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Ark. a suicide (newsok.com)
- Chavis Carter’s death ruled a suicide, autopsy reveals (rt.com)