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Father charged with manslaughter of son

Delayed arrest in family dispute

JONESBORO — A man accused of killing his son earlier this month was arrested on involuntary manslaughter charges Monday.

Clayton County Police Police said they waited 16 days before they arrested Clarence Jenkins to ensure they had the right person. They said Jenkins acted in a reckless manner by possessing a firearm while intoxicated, which resulted in the shooting death of Chavarious Jenkins.

Clarence Jenkins was involved in a “violent physical argument” with his son, said police. The shooting occurred Nov. 11, at 9:57 p.m., in the 800 block of Chapman Street in Jonesboro, according to Det. A. Melvin’s police report.

Clarence Jenkins, 39, told police he had “at least four alcoholic beverages” before arguing with his 22-year-old son, Melvin said.

The argument turned violent when the two men began pushing each other. The elder Jenkins said he went outside to calm down and when he returned, he picked up the Glock 22 pistol.

“He [said] the purpose of picking up the pistol was to show his son the gun and have a talk with him,” Melvin said. “He [said] he and his son Chavarious were standing face to face in the family room when Chavarious suddenly started to fall backwards. He [said] he tried to grab his son and stop his fall and they began to fall together.”

The father told police as they were falling the gun “suddenly went off.”

Police said Chavarious Jenkins was shot once in the head. The bullet struck him just above the eye. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he was pronounced dead Nov. 13.

During the Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy on Nov. 14, bullet fragments were removed from Chavarious Jenkins’ head, said police.

“Dr. Atkins of the GBI performed the autopsy and declared that the manner of death was a homicide and that the cause of death was the gunshot wound,” Melvin added.

“We had to gather all of the information for our investigation before we could make an arrest,” said Clayton County Police officer Phong Nguyen.