Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Shot, Killed in Police Car

Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Shot, Killed in Police Car

Police say 21 year old Chavis Carter shot himself while handcuffed behind his back

JONESBORO, AR — A Southhaven, Mississippi, man arrested for marijuana by police in nearby Jonesboro, Arkansas, was shot and killed as he sat handcuffed in the back of a squad car Saturday. Chavis Carter, 21, becomes the 37th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to KAIT-8 TV, citing police sources, Carter was a passenger in a pick-up truck pulled over by police Saturday night. Officer Keith Baggett searched the vehicle, while Officer Ron Marsh searched Carter. Marsh found “some marijuana” and some plastic baggies on Carter. When police ran Carter’s name through dispatch, they learned he was wanted on a drug warrant from De Soto County, Mississippi.

Carter was sitting in the police car, and when police learned he had an outstanding warrant, Marsh had Carter “exit the patrol unit, placed him into handcuffs, searched him a second time then placed him into the back seat of the patrol unit.”

As the two officers walked back toward the police car, Officer Baggett said a car passed and then he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound.” After questioning and releasing the other two men, Officer Marsh reportedly returned to his vehicle while Officer Baggett said he prepared to leave the scene. He then heard “several thumps” on his trunk and saw Officer Marsh motioning for him and saying that Carter had shot himself.

They opened the rear passenger door and found him in a “sitting position slumped forward with his head in his lap.” According to Officer Marsh, Carter’s hands were still cuffed behind his back and small-caliber handgun was found beside him.

Jonesboro Police Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told WREG-TV in nearby Memphis that Carter had been searched, but that searches don’t always find everything. “As protocol he was handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched”, said Waterworth, “Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun.”

Officers Baggett and Marsh are on administrative leave pending an investigation, but the police are leaning toward the theory that Carter shot himself with a gun they had missed while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

His mother, Teresa Carter, isn’t buying it. “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she said.

She said Chavis had called his girlfriend while being pulled over to say that he would call her from jail. She also said police told her Chavis had been shot in the right temple, but that he was left-handed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Lackaff/100002252692365 Paul Lackaff

    glad no one else got hurt these cops need to do a better job searching people next time

    • http://www.facebook.com/lpeace.88 Leo Lamphier

      Really? Your buying that bull crap? Put your hands behind your back in the back seat of a car, and see if you can move around enough to pull something like this off. If you can you have a good shot at a job with the circus.

    • YOU SIR ARE DUMB

      Have you ever been put in handcuffs and into a cop car? You CANT move. There is NO way he could have taken the gun out (that they somehow missed… riiiiight…) brought it around the front of him, and shoot himself in the temple, or like Leo said, if so, he had one heck of a future in the circus and doing crazy escapes, because again, not possible

    • YOU SIR ARE DUMB

      Have you ever been put in handcuffs and into a cop car? You CANT move. There is NO way he could have taken the gun out (that they somehow missed… riiiiight…) brought it around the front of him, and shoot himself in the temple, or like Leo said, if so, he had one heck of a future in the circus and doing crazy escapes, because again, not possible

  • Cbford86

    …..i dont believe this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1546985615 Larry Southwick

    bunch of bullshit how could he get a concealed weapon out with his hands cuffed behind him and then shoot himself in the temple? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Lackaff/100002252692365 Paul Lackaff

       the bullet must have boucned around the cop car befpre hitting him in the temple

      • Sdfs

        or… that didnt happen at all.. the windows in a cop car arent bullet proof, why would it be bouncing around?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1546985615 Larry Southwick

     are you really that daft paul? the cops shot him

  • Agirl

    Gross…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lpeace.88 Leo Lamphier

    The police missed a GUN when they  searched him? and he shot him self in the head with his hands cuffed behind his back? Really that the story your going with?

    • ^^ is SMART

      Damn shame they are sticking to this story, logic would say not possible..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anderson/100001026828294 Anna Anderson

      not to mention that if he shot himself in the right temple you would not have found him with his head in his lap… he would be leaning to the left… dahhh

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anderson/100001026828294 Anna Anderson

      not to mention that if he shot himself in the right temple you would not have found him with his head in his lap… he would be leaning to the left… dahhh

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anderson/100001026828294 Anna Anderson

      not to mention that if he shot himself in the right temple you would not have found him with his head in his lap… he would be leaning to the left… dahhh

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anderson/100001026828294 Anna Anderson

      not to mention that if he shot himself in the right temple you would not have found him with his head in his lap… he would be leaning to the left… dahhh

      • Mike

        Actually, he’d likely be leaning to the right as the skull is more compressed by the exiting of the bullet, rather than it’s entry. Even so, with hands behind your back, it’d be pretty easy for the body to swing downwards towards his lap. But yeah, if these cops don’t lose their job over murder (which it probably is, and they probably won’t), they should still lose their jobs for searching the guy, finding a bag of weed, and not finding a fuking firearm. How as a cop (who has been given the right by the supreme court to strip searches upon any arrest, legal or not) do you miss that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.henderson.758 Eric Henderson

    this is some bull how do you shoot yourself in the head with your hands cuffed behind your back and also no lefty is holding a gun in their right hand

    • RobRoy

      Actually, I am left handed. Do everything with my left hand, write, guitar, eat….masturbate. 

      But playing sports I throw right handed, and when firing a gun, whether it be a real or an airsoft, I fire right handed.While this story is bull, not all leftys fire with their left hand.

  • Kelly gorey

    this is sickening and i hope theses officers lose thier jobs for life…they killed him..its that simple.

  • Really…

    They should have a camera facing RIGHT where he was sitting, they have it in all patrol cars. I say show the video, its always recording unless turned off, if turned off, I think we all know the fucking cops did it. scumbags

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.allen.564 Karl Allen

    we heard lot shit cop love muder for nothing  and muder many patient need take legalize cannabis medcial and u need to read norml org will telling u everythings we march support human right
     

  • Ozzyju

    cops are the crooked bastards that exist

     

  • Ozzyju

    cops are the crooked bastards that exist

     

  • Ozzyju

    cops are the crooked bastards that exist

     

  • Ozzyju

    cops are the crooked bastards that exist

     

  • Dman

    Mythbusters, can you shoot yourself with your hands cuffed behind your back?

    Probably.

  • Dman

    Mythbusters, can you shoot yourself with your hands cuffed behind your back?

    Probably.

  • Dman

    Mythbusters, can you shoot yourself with your hands cuffed behind your back?

    Probably.

  • Dman

    Mythbusters, can you shoot yourself with your hands cuffed behind your back?

    Probably.

  • Bassgreaterthantreble

    Yea and they missed the gun twice, not to mention he was able to pull it out of this clever hiding spot and put a gun to his head with his opposite hand while handcuffed….yea 

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  • MassCentral

    If the police say this is what happened,, this is what happened.

    POLICE NEVER LIE!!!!!

    (not)

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