Man shot while cuffed called girl from car

2012-08-23 13:00
Teresa Carter, left, and Anne Carter Winters, mother and grandmother of Chavis Carter, comfort each other during a prayer vigil. (AP, File)

Teresa Carter, left, and Anne Carter Winters, mother and grandmother of Chavis Carter, comfort each other during a prayer vigil. (AP, File)

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Little Rock — Authorities in Arkansas say the girlfriend of a man who was fatally shot in the back of a patrol car while handcuffed told an investigator that he called her from the car and said he had a gun with him.

Jonesboro police said on Wednesday that 21-year-old Chavis Carter's girlfriend also told the investigator that Carter said he loved her and that he was scared.

An autopsy released this week ruled Carter's death a suicide. Police said evidence and witness statements support that conclusion.

Police have been facing criticism after they said officers searched Carter twice but didn't find a gun before he was fatally shot in a patrol car on 28 July.

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