November 21, 2014
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas police officer who failed to find a gun on a man who authorities say subsequently shot himself while handcuffed in a patrol car will undergo more training and face an official reprimand.
Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates said Tuesday an internal investigation found Officer Ron Marsh didn't conduct a thorough enough search when he twice patted down 21-year-old Chavis Carter.
Carter was later found fatally shot in the head. An autopsy ruled his death a suicide.
Marsh was initially placed on paid administrative leave. Yates says Marsh and another officer who stopped a truck in which Carter was a passenger have now returned to work.
Marsh didn't immediately return a message left at the police department.