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300 attend vigil for man shot in Ark. police car

About 300 people attended a candlelight vigil for a Mississippi man who police say fatally shot himself in the back of a Jonesboro police car.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — About 300 people attended a candlelight vigil for a Mississippi man who police say fatally shot himself in the back of a Jonesboro police car.

Police say 21-year-old Chavis Carter apparently shot himself while handcuffed on July 28. He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over and was later detained because of outstanding warrants.

The Rev. Adrian Rodgers of Fullness of Joy Church spoke at Monday night's vigil for Carter. He says those gathered shouldn't make accusations at police — but that everyone is confused about how Carter could have fired a gun while handcuffed.

Police tell The Jonesboro Sun that witnesses' statements and dash-cam video support the accounts from officers, who said Carter shot himself with a handgun in the back seat of the car.


 

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