DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina say all their evidence points to a handcuffed teenage suspect shooting himself in the head while in a cruiser despite an officer's pat-down.
Durham police on Friday discussed preliminary findings of their internal investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta on Nov. 19.
He was arrested on an outstanding trespassing warrant after his family said he walked away from home following an argument. Police said they found gunpowder residue on a white, batting-style glove that Huerta was wearing and none on the arresting officer's hand. Authorities say the officer checked the car at the start of his shift and found no weapon.
The last federal record of the .45-caliber handgun recovered at the scene tracked it to a Georgia pawn shop in 1991.