A police report obtained by KAIT indicated that 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter had been a passenger in a pickup truck when Officer Ron Marsh
found “some marijuana” and plastic baggies in his possession. Marsh also determined that Carter had been wanted on a warrant after he missed a
court date for drug charges in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Marsh then had Carter “exit the patrol unit, placed him into handcuffs, searched him a second time then placed him into the back seat of the patrol
Jonesboro Police Sergeant Lyle Waterworth told WREG that Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched.”
At that point, Officer Keith Baggett believed a passing car ran over a piece of metal in the road because he heard “a loud thump with a metallic
sound.” Baggett said he then heard “several thumps” after Marsh released the two other suspects. Marsh motioned Baggett over to the patrol car
and said the 21-year-old had shot himself.
When the officers opened the patrol car door, they found Carter in a “sitting position slumped forward with his head in his lap.” The report
indicated that Carter was still handcuffed and a small caliber handgun was sitting beside him.
Carter was taking to St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and later died from the gunshot wound.
The two cops are Bagget and Marsh. Marsh is the one who searched Carter and found "some marijuana" on him and plastic baggies. The cops placed
Carter into the back of Marsh's patrol car (question is, by both cops or just Marsh?) Marsh ran his information and determined he had a warrant from
Mississippi. Marsh then had him exit the patrol unit, placed him in handcuffs, searched him a second time, and placed him back inside the patrol
The cops say they placed Carter into the backseat of their car but it would appear he was not in cuffs. It was only after they ran his info and
determined he had the warrant they took him back out to place him in cuffs and search him again. This means that while Marsh was running him info (I
have to assume he did this from the front seat of the patrol car), Carter was sitting in the back seat, with no cuffs on, potentially holding a
The two cops say they were walking to Bagget's patrol car when they heard a metallic "thump".
The cops then say they questioned and released the other two men. In other words, the only two possible witnesses to what happened had already been
told to leave the scene. That left them alone with Carter who was in Marsh's patrol car.
Bagget got into his patrol car, while Marsh went back to his patrol car. Moment's later, according to Bagget, Marsh was back at his car banging on
the trunk, telling him the suspect shot himself.
They need to release the dash cam from the patrol cars. We now know there were two police cars on scene, as well as the driver of the pickup truck and
another passenger. From Marsh's dashcam, we should see both officers walking toward Bagget's car and the suspect's truck, when a "thump" should
be heard. Dashcam's generally have audio.