Police Chief MichaelYates told HLN admitted that the scenario is “definitely bizarre and defies logic at first glance,” but that no contrary evidence had been found. “There’s no indication of any projectiles coming from outside the vehicle. We’ve reviewed the dashcam video and as late as today managed to have some witnesses come forward that observed the incident from start to finish,” Yates said. “And their statements tend to support that whatever transpired in the back of that police car transpired in the back with the officers in a different location.”
Sgt. Lyle Waterworth, of the Jonesboro Police Dept., says protocol was followed, and Carter was handcuffed behind his back, double locked
and searched. But he said officers missed a gun during the search. “Any given officer has missed something on a search,” Waterworth said. “Be it drugs, be it knives, be it razor blades. This instance happened to be a gun,” he said.
According to the evidence relased regarding the shooting.Carter would have had to use his non-dominant hand to shoot himself in the temple,while his hands were cuffed behind his back.
Background (What Happened?)
On the night of Saturday July 28th officer Keith Baggett says he was dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle there were reports of a white truck “driving up and down” Haltom Street with its lights off. Baggett stated in his report that he approached the white Chevrolet truck, which was parked with just its parking lights on, and found three people inside, all sitting in the front seats — a white male driver, not named in the report because he is 17 years old, a second white male, 19-year-old Timothy Teal of Missouri, and a 21-year-old black male sitting in the passenger seat, who initially gave his name as Laryan Bowman. Baggett said only the driver produced identification.
Baggett says he questioned the three and was told by Teal that they were waiting for his cousin, whom he said lived on Haltom Street. Baggett says he radioed the men’s names in to dispatch, and requested back-up. Soon after, Officer Ron Marsh arrived. Baggett says Teal produced a Missouri ID and that “Bowman” said he was from Tennessee. When Marsh, arrived, Baggett said he asked the officer to remove “Bowman” from the truck, while Baggett frisked and questioned the two other men.
Bowman was placed into the back of Marsh’s patrol car un-handcuffed, while Baggett said he was given permission by the 17-year-old driver to search the truck. He says that while he was searching the vehicle, Marsh told him he found marijuana on Bowman and that Bowman’s real name was Chavis Chacobie Carter, of Mississippi.
Baggett’s report states that Marsh ran Carter’s name and discovered that he had an open warrant, from Desoto County, Mississppi. The officer says that he also found a set of scales under the passenger seat of the truck, where Carter had been sitting. He stated that he opened the scales and smelled a “strong odor of marijuana.” Baggett wrote that he and Marsh placed the driver and Teal into handcuffs, after the men denied knowing anything about the scales. Both were placed into the back of Baggett’s patrol car.
Baggett says he continued his search of the truck and found a plastic bag containing a “white, powdery, granular substance” — also behind the seat near the passenger side. The baggie was tied into a knot, Baggett wrote. He said the driver then told him the truck belonged to his mother and that the substance was “possibly sugar or creamer,” since his mother “sometimes brings food with her to work.”
The officer stated that Marsh found several “new plastic baggies” on Carter’s person, which the officers guessed Carter might have been attempting to use as “fake drugs.”
Baggett’s report says that the driver and passenger told them they had picked Carter up that evening and “taken him to several locations at his direction,” but that they “did not know he had any drugs.” Both the minor and Teal said they were not from Jonesboro and “did not know their way around town.”
The officer’s report — the only one released by Jonesboro police — says that Marsh removed Carter from the back of his patrol car and handcuffed him behind his back, searched him a second time, and placed him back into the patrol unit. Just then, a car reportedly pulled up to the scene, in front of Marsh’e scar. According to Baggett, Carter told the officers the woman in the car was his aunt, but that the officer didn’t get her name. He guesses that Carter may have called the aunt while he was in the patrol car not handcuffed. Baggett claims that he explained the situation to Carter’s aunt, and that she drove away. Baggett claims that as he was returning to his patrol car to talk to the driver and Teal, he “saw a vehicle driving north on Haltom” — presumably the aunt leaving the scene — and then “heard a loud thump with a metallic sound.” The officer said he presumed that the car had driven over something.
Baggett then claims that he and Marsh returned to the two other men, whom they talked to “for about two minutes,” reading them their rights, and then releasing them.
As the truck drove away, Baggett says he heard Officer Marsh on the radio then felt “several thumps” on the trunk of his car as Marsh sought to get his attention.
He said that he and Marsh returned to Marsh’s patrol car, where they found Carter “in a sitting position … slumped forward with his head in his lap.” Baggett’s report said there was “a large amount of blood on the front of his shirt, pants, seat and floor.” Baggett states that Carter’s hands were still cuffed behind his back and that he was still breathing. The officer said he radioed for EMS and for a supervisor.
Baggett stated that Marsh attempted to remove the handcuffs from Carter but was unable to because of the position of Carter’s body. Baggett’s report says Marsh found a small caliber handgun, “secured it,” then placed it on the trunk of Marsh’s patrol car.
An ambulance arrived, which transported Carter to nearby St. Bernard’s hospital. Two officers, a Lt. Coleman and a Det. Branscum, arrived to process the scene.
Mom cries foul ! Her son is not suicidal!
Teresa Carter has serious doubts to the validity of the police report. The “missed gun” and the BIG question, how did her left handed son who was handcuffed behind his back shoot himself in the right temple?
Jonesboro is the largest city in northeastern Arkansas and the fifth most populous city in the state.. Jonesboro has about 68,000 residents. 18 percent of the residence is African-American. Currently, blacks make up only 2 percent of the police force. Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University and is a regional center for manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, education, and trade.
The FBI says it is “monitoring” the case of a police suspect who officers claim fatally shot himself in the head despite having his hands cuffed behind his back in the rear of a patrol car.