An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled Chavis Carter’s death a suicide.

As we’ve previously reported to you, Chavis Carter died of a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

The police claim that despite having been searched and handcuffed before being placed inside of the squad car, Carter somehow managed to shoot himself in the head.

From CBS News:

“According to the report by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Stephen A. Erickson of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the bullet that killed Carter entered his skull near his right temple, four inches from the top of his head.

“‘At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp,’ wrote Erickson.

He went on to state that, ‘The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.’

Last week, Jonesboro police released video of a police officer approximately the same size as Carter reenacting what may have happened the back of the police car on the night of July 28, when Carter and two other men were pulled over in a traffic stop. Police searched Carter twice but have said they did not find a gun.”



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