On Saturday, Nov. 11, at approximately 5:35 p.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about an accidental shooting seven miles east of Cove, Arkansas, on Polk 32. The victim, a 22-year-old male, had been accidentally shot by his hunting partner while crossing a creek.
Deputies, local volunteers, and Southwest Ambulance service responded to the scene. Upon arrival, Deputies immediately began providing lifesaving treatment. The victim, who suffered injuries to his arm and abdomen, was triaged at the scene until being airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock.
An update on the victim’s condition, provided by his family, stated that he had extensive injuries to his arm, liver, lung, and diaphragm. He’s already had several surgeries and will require more in the coming days and weeks. He is currently “stable but is not out of the woods yet.”
Sheriff Sawyer stated, “This was a horrible accident, and we are all praying for the victim, his family, and his friends. I’d like to recognize and thank all of the first responders involved in helping at the scene. I’d particularly like to recognize Deputy Josh Butterworth, Deputy Layton Mohr, Deputy Ben Lindsey, and Deputy Thad Thomas for their outstanding work in helping save this young man’s life.
“Upon arrival at the scene, they went to work providing lifesaving care, helped evac him and set up an emergency LZ, and coordinated with Life Flight to get the victim transported a trauma center. Without their help, this horrible accident could’ve been much worse.”