Monday, September 3, 2012

Bulletin: Chavis Carter; Arkansas; Police say he used a stolen gun to kill himself; Gun and expended shell sent to state crime lab.

STORY: "Chavis used stolen gun to kill himself according to police," by Mia Meadows, published on on August 4, 2012.

GIST: "According to new information, the gun Chavis was reportedly killed with was a stolen, .380 cobra semi-automatic. The gun was reported stolen by a Jonesboro resident. That is a good-size gun to miss on a pat-down, twice. It is also a fairly heavy gun for a person to use with their non-dominant hand while handcuffed. Was Chavis worried about the ramifications of possessing a stolen weapon? Jonesboro police say they recovered the gun and the expended shell in the backseat. Both items were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. While that is probably standard protocol, it would have been a better idea to send it to a lab not directly associated with the state. Tensions are already running high, and it will be difficult for people to believe anything that comes out of an Arkansas lab. The FBI's involvement will hopefully insure a thorough, unbiased investigation is conducted. Chavis Carter's family deserves the truth, no matter how ugly it is."

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