Community members ask for calm in wake of suicide in patrol car

Published: Aug. 2, 2012 at 1:45 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM CDT
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Chavis Chacobie Carter
Chavis Chacobie Carter

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -  Members of the Jonesboro community asked residents to remain calm and be patient with Jonesboro Police after JPD's  says Chavis Carter shot and killed himself while handcuffed in a patrol car Saturday night.

[Read: JPD: Suspect shot himself in patrol car while handcuffed]

At a press conference Wednesday, members of the community and pastors representing many of the African-American churches in Jonesboro expressed concern over the lack of information on the shooting.  That said, the group asked the community to give the police time to investigate.

Rev. Adrian Rodgers, Pastor at Fullness of Joy church, spoke for the group.  He says they are working with their congregations to try and keep the situation from getting out of hand with so many unanswered questions.

[PDF: Police report on Chavis Carter death]

"This is strange, and it certainly demands further investigation and explanation." Rev. Rodgers aid, "It's not just a black thing. A human being died in the back seat of a police car while handcuffed."

They are asking everyone to remain calm in the wake of an odd apparent suicide. "We're calling for our community to remain calm and have patience as this is being investigated." Rodgers said, "Please make no mistake, we are calling for a full and thorough investigation."

The group is organizing a vigil Monday night.  It'll be at 6:30 p.m. on Haltom street, where the incident occurred.

Region 8 News spoke with Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates.  He told us JPD was unable to release anything until he receives the preliminary autopsy report.

We've been tracking this case since the beginning. For full details of the incident, click on the link to the original story below.

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