Cops Say Handcuffed Man Shot Himself in the Head

August 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM Leave a comment

Sit down.  Put your hands behind the small of your back as if they were handcuffed.  Now, imagine shooting yourself in the right temple if you’re left-handed, or in the left temple if you’re right-handed.

Chavis Carter (Image via

A young African-American man in Jonesboro, AR died of a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

Chavis Carter was arrested for alleged drug possession and for missing a court date on previous drug charges.

Sergeant Lyle Waterworth of the Jonesboro police department, stated that Carter was “handcuffed, double locked and searched” for weapons. Still, the officer claims, Carter managed to shoot himself in the head after a “thump” was heard from the back of the squad car.

Carter’s mother, Teresa, isn’t buying the story. First, she claimed that her son was searched twice. She said that he was left-handed, but was shot in the right temple.


The incident is under investigation. The officer is on leave.


I’m not buying it either.


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