"Handcuffed shooter": Ark. police say evidence shows they had no role in fatal shooting of Chavis Carter, handcuffed in patrol car

Teresa Carter, mother of Chavis Carter, is interviewed by a news station following the candlelight vigil held in her son's honor on Monday, August 6, 2012, at the First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street in Jonesboro, Ark. Chavis Chacobie Carter, 21, of Southaven, Miss., died following a traffic stop on Haltom Street. The officers who made the traffic stop, Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh, said the man committed suicide while handcuffed in the back of the police car. They remain on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates said.
Krystin McClellan,AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun
Teresa Carter, mother of Chavis Carter, after candlelight vigil on Aug. 6, 2012, for her son, who police in Jonesboro, Ark. say fatally shot himself despite being handcuffed in a police car.
Krystin McClellan, AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun

(CBS/AP) JONESBORO, Ark. - About 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday for 21-year-old Chavis Carter, a Mississippi man who police said fatally shot himself despite being handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

Police in Jonesboro, Ark. said Carter killed himself on July 28 after he was detained because of outstanding warrants.

Friends and family gathered for his vigil at a neighborhood church where Rev. Adrian Rodgers said everyone is confused about how Carter could have fired a gun while handcuffed, but that they shouldn't blame the police.

Police say witness statements and video and audio recordings show neither of the two officers on scene removed their weapons nor fired a shot.

Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates refused Tuesday to release those recordings, citing the ongoing investigation.

More on Crimesider
Aug. 1, 2012 - Man shoots himself in back of police car after arrest, Ark. police say