published Monday, August 20th, 2012

Autopsy: Death of handcuffed man in Arkansas a suicide

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    Supporters of Chavis Carter and his family, including Taelor Chavis, second from left, 9, and Kimi Miller, center, 9, hold signs during the candlelight vigil held in honor of Carter on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at the First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street in Jonesboro, Ark.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

JONESBORO, Ark. — An autopsy report lists the death of a man who was shot in the head while his hands were cuffed behind him in an Arkansas patrol car as a suicide.

The state crime lab report says that 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 Monday under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The report says the manner of death was ruled a suicide based on autopsy findings and investigative conclusions from the Jonesboro police department.

Police have said officers had frisked Carter twice after a traffic stop without finding a gun before he was fatally shot July 28.

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