Police: Man Shot in Squad Car Called Girlfriend

Chavis Carter told friend that he had a gun.

Posted: 08/23/2012 12:10 PM EDT
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Teresa Carter, the mother of Chavis Carter

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Teresa Carter speak during a news conference at Monumental Baptist Church Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, about the death of Carter's son, Chavis. (Photo: AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Jonesboro say the girlfriend of a man shot to death in the back of a squad car told an investigator he had called her from the car and said he had a gun.


In a four-page statement police offered several new details about the investigation into the July 28 death of 21-year-old Chavis (CHAV-iss) Carter. Earlier this week, an autopsy report ruled that Carter's death was a suicide.


Carter's girlfriend, who was not identified in the report, also told the investigator that Carter said he loved her and that he was scared, according to the police statement.


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



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