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New details in case of Jonesboro man shot in police cruiser

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One week ago, police say Chavis Carter shot himself while handcuffed in a patrol car. One week ago, police say Chavis Carter shot himself while handcuffed in a patrol car.
Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates is releasing new information in the case. Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates is releasing new information in the case.
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(WMC-TV) - New details have been released in the case of a Southaven man who allegedly shot himself while in a Jonesboro police patrol car.

Chavis Carter died one week ago today, and now, Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates is releasing new information.

"We are comfortable to a certain degree at this point to say that our witness testimony and the evidence that we have gleaned from reviewing the videos, one supports the other," said Yates.

Chief Yates gave his first update on-camera about where the investigation stands into the reported suicide of 21-year-old Chavis Carter.

One week ago, police say Carter shot himself while handcuffed in a patrol car.  Two officers remain on administrative leave until the incident is fully investigated.

Yates admits the strange circumstances deserve further questioning.

"It causes us to raise our eyebrows when we find someone has been shot while they were handcuffed with their hands behind their back," said Yates.  "That is very unusual," he added.

Last Saturday, police arrested Carter on the 1200 block of Haltom Street in Jonesboro.  It's there that Chief Yates says no bullet came from outside the patrol car where Carter was detained.

The chief also says other evidence suggests neither of his officers could have injured Carter.

Chief Yates has sought the FBI's assistance.  He has already shared dash cam video, audio and other evidence with those authorities.

Now, the local and state NAACP chapters are asking for a fair, thorough and unbiased investigation.

"If you are such a great police department if you will, then this shouldn't be any problem with the FBI coming in and doing their job and vice versa," said Craighead County NAACP President Perry Jackson.

"We're not here to get out of control," Jackson stated.  "We're not here to cause any riots.  We want peace, and that's the only way we're going to get something solved," he added.

Today, Jackson attended Carter's funeral with other board members to support the man's family, and is also helping to organize a vigil for Carter.

He's asking people to meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street.

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