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What do you think about this? I think this is bullshit. How can anyone shoot themselves in the head with the hands handcuffed behind their head? Either these cops like the other ones are lying or very incompetent.

Police: Handcuffed high school student shoots self in back of police car

By NBC News staff

Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET: A handcuffed Houston-area high school student shot himself in the head Wednesday while in the back of a police car, officials said.

The student was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital. His condition was not released, but officials said he was conscious and breathing when he was transported, reported.

No one else was hurt.

The incident began when police were called to North Shore Senior High School in unincorporated Harris County to investigate a report of a student with a firearm, said Capt. Jon Moore with the Harris County Constable Precinct 3.

The student was searched, handcuffed behind his back and placed in the back of a patrol car but apparently still had a gun, Moore said.

The student then shot himself, Galena Park Independent School District officials said.

District spokesman Jonathan Frey gave the following account:

This morning at North Shore Senior High School, a student was arrested. He was searched, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police car. While in the car, the student retrieved a hidden gun and shot himself. Paramedics were called and quickly arrived on scene. He was transported to the hospital still conscious when he left. His family accompanied him to the hospital.

Students at North Shore Senior High School remain safe. Counselors are available for students as needed.

It was not immediately clear if officers had taken another gun from the student before he was placed in the patrol car, Moore said.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office will investigate the shooting, Moore said.

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In July, an Arkansas man fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car. Officials say Chavis Carter, 21, committed suicide even though he was handcuffed from behind and had been searched twice for weapons. He had been picked up by authorities during a traffic stop in Jonesboro, Ark.


Asked by booklover545 at 5:51 PM on Dec. 5, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If the cops didn't shoot the kid, where could he have stashed another firearm where they wouldn't find it searching him, but he could get to it while his hands were cuffed behind his head? This doesn't add up.

    Answer by SWasson at 6:16 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • I can't say because I was not there, but anything is possible.

    Answer by m-avi at 5:52 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • :( chavis :(

    Answer by funlovinlady at 5:53 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • Well, it looks like they linked another case where something similar happened. I guess an thorough investigation and autopsy should be able to help determine if this is indeed how this happened.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 5:56 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • Someone didn't do their job right. They either didn't search him at all, didn't search him effectively enough, shot him, or let him get shot under their watch. So, yeah...their fuck up.

    Answer by FreeForAll at 5:57 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • hmm...they searched him and didnt find a gun, yet he shot himself. so...the kid was hiding a gun up his butt?! or did someone not do their job correctly or maybe left a firearm in the back of the squad car. either way the police are lying about something...even if the kid did shoot himself.

    Answer by okmanders at 8:35 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • I didn't realize the TSA was now working for the police dept.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:41 AM on Dec. 6, 2012

  • booklover545

    Comment by booklover545 (original poster) at 5:51 PM on Dec. 5, 2012

  • Yup, no matter if the kid did in fact shoot himself, investigation and location of the bullet wound will tell for sure, but either way, I have a feeling the UE will get a little higher in that state.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 6:21 PM on Dec. 5, 2012