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May 11, 2005
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Handcuffed Suspect Shoots, Kills Self in Back of Ariz. Patrol Car

The Associated Press

YUMA, Ariz. Yuma police are trying to figure out how a suspect riding in the back of a police cruiser got a hold of a gun and shot himself in the car.  Police said the 40-year-old burglary suspect was handcuffed. He apparently shot himself yesterday on the way to the station for questioning.

The suspect was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he later died. The man was not identified.

Yuma Police Department spokesman Clint Norred says Officer Kevin Caylor arrested the man at an undisclosed location and was taking him to the station. The shooting happened at 1:43 p-m.  It's unclear where the weapon came from or if the suspect had it on his person when he got into the cruiser.

Caylor has been with the department since August 1999. He was placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation is completed.

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