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Man shoots himself in back of police car after arrest, Ark. police say

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(AP) Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating after a handcuffed man fatally shot himself while sitting in the back of a patrol car.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter shot himself Saturday night. Carter, who was from Southaven, Miss., had been picked up on a felony warrant from Mississippi.

Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates says his department is now conducting an internal investigation after the death.

A police report says Carter was in the back of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back when officers discovered he'd been shot. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Police say they're investigating how Carter got the gun and noted that he'd been searched twice by officers after his arrest.

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