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BPD: East Batesville man reported to have accidentally killed himself; investigation underway

A Batesville man is dead after police say a witness told them he accidentally shot himself.

The incident occurred around 2:40 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at a Case Street residence, according to a media release from the Batesville Police Department (BPD).

A female companion of the man told authorities “…her boyfriend had accidentally shot himself as he was getting out of bed,” the release said.

BPD officers found a 29-year-old male in one of the residence’s bedrooms with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A Vital Link ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but emergency medical technicians could not stabilize the subject, the release noted.

The case remains under investigation, and the body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for further examination.

BPD Chief Alan Cockrill told White River Now this morning that the autopsy should answer questions in the investigation.

The girlfriend of the subject has cooperated with investigators, Cockrill said.

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