Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Smell Test? Try Stink Test...

Here's another WTF from the BLNN:

Autopsy: Man shot in police car had meth in system
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man police say shot himself in the head while his hands were cuffed behind him in the back of an Arkansas patrol car tested positive for methamphetamine, anti-anxiety medication and other drugs, according to an autopsy report released Monday that listed his death as a suicide.
The state crime lab report said the muzzle of a handgun that Chavis Carter apparently concealed from arresting officers was placed against his right temple when it was fired. The report, signed by three medical examiners, included a drug analysis showing Carter's urine and blood indicated methamphetamine and other drug use.
So, this guy was on meth, was handcuffed, sitting in the back of a police car after having been searched twice, and managed to shoot himself in the head with a POS Cobra 380? I think it is more likely that Elvis, helped by Jimmy Hoffa, pulled the trigger. No, I'm sorry, there's something rotten here. I've had the misfortune of "firing" one of those Cobras at the NRA Convention a couple years back. Calling that *thing* a trigger is true only in the most technical of senses.

So, what really happened? Even if we accept the flight of fancy that is the official version, where a skinny methhead handcuffed in a cruise can shoot himself in the head, fatally, with a single shot from a .380 ACP, you still have two seriously inept cops. They searched this dude twice and failed to find a gun? Really? This is what they're *admitting* to, here. Dash camera footage, conveniently, doesn't show the actual shooting, so we have the word of two self-admitted inept cops as to what happened.

No, I'm sorry, I don't buy this one for a second...

That is all.

10 comments:

John said...

Perhaps the path of the projectile, after it passed through the decedent, would be relevant. Not sure if there's anything in their reports about it though.

Matt said...

Shame he had to die, considering what a promising career such a guy could have had as a circus contortionist.

Mopar said...

I'm just having a hard time fitting into my wookie-suit over this one.

I didn't read this article, but I would like to point out one thing from prior stories on this. The first time he was seached they only had him on an extremely minor crime. He was given a quick frisk and placed uncuffed and unattended in the patrol car. That POS cobra could have easily been missed and he had plenty of opportunity to then try and hide the gun in the back of the patrol car hoping they wouldnt find it after they found out he was wanted on other more serious charges. It was only after they found that out that he was removed from the car, searched properly, handcuffed, and placed back in the patrol car. It seems plausible to me that he might have accidently grabbed the gun while feeling around for a bible after he was back in the car. It also seems plausible that even a high quality firearm like a Cobra might go off handling it while cuffed, especially if he thought it was his bible and was trying to manipulate it into a position where he could show the nice officers his favorite verse when they returned to the car.

Mopar said...

There is also a video demonstrating how this cound have happened. http://youtu.be/yA37LxlzLVQ

Matt said...

Even assuming he managed to hide the gun in the back of the patrol car, how could he have shot himself in the head with both hands restrained behind his back and quickly turning blue from lack of circulation?

Mopar said...

Matt: watch the video, a person his side can do it.

Anonymous said...

The cuffs seem a bit looser in the video than I would expect, however, I would have to say that the possibility exists that it happened the way it has been explained.

The cops were guilty of sloppy work, and they should have been more aware. Interesting that he chose to cap himself, vs. shooting one or both of them.


TerriLiGunn said...

A man once strip searched smuggled in a full size revolver into a jail. He did weigh 350pounds. And no it wasn't where the sun don't shine.

dustydog said...

Google "Ronald White, Prince George" and you get to read about a motorist who struck and killed a police officer who had somebody pulled over (accident? intentional? we don't know). After White was arrested, and alone in a cell, and before he had a chance to talk to a lawyer, he allegedly managed to strangle himself to death from behind and break multiple bones in the process. His death has also been ruled a suicide. Maryland has refused to release the names of the guards and their supervisors for that night, citing privacy concerns.

Wraith said...

Sounds like the guy who hogtied himself and then shot himself 12 times in the back with two different calibers before the nearby officers could stop him.

Messiest suicide they'd ever seen.