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Hatfield minor dies from gunshot

Union Bank accepting donations for family

By Ethan Nahté

According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at approximately 5 p.m., Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on Polk 36 in Hatfield. Upon arrival, deputies found a deceased 5-year-old inside the residence.

The cause of death appeared to be a gunshot wound. The initial investigation indicates that a minor sibling was playing with a loaded gun at the time of the accident. The victim was transported to the Arkansas Crime Lab.Sheriff Scott Sawyer stated, “This appears to be a horrible accident. We’ve opened an investigation into the shooting and the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The Arkansas Department of Human Services and DCFS are also involved in the investigation. This is a horrible situation, and I would ask that everyone remember this family and their friends in your prayers.”

The family of the deceased boy, Evan Owens, have posted on social media that there is a benefit account set up at all three Union Bank locations in Polk County for those who’d like to donate to help with the costs. The family gave The Pulse permission to include the benefit account set up under the name of Jennifer Cornelius, benefiting the family of Evan Owens.

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