UPDATED 3-7-27 7:23 p.m.
A Hope business owner is dead after what witnesses said was an accidental shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon.
Norman “Bo” Bobo died from injuries sustained after a handgun was reportedly discharged accidentally at his business, B&B Wrecker, in the 400 block of East 3rd St Tuesday, March 7.
Hope Police and Pafford EMS were dispatched to B&B Wrecker at approximately 2:27 p.m. for an accidental gunshot wound.
Officers and investigators from the Hope Police Department and the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene quickly, followed directly by two ambulances from Pafford EMS.
While en route, one of the medics requested a helicopter from LifeNet EMS in Texarkana.
Law enforcement secured the scene while EMS rushed to get to Bobo. They moved him to the ambulance and transported him, emergency status, to the ER at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope. One of the medics advised the crew of the LifeNet helicopter, which was en route to Hope, to cancel their response.
Investigators and officers collected and documented evidence from the scene including a handgun and interviewed witnesses. According to HPD Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin, HPD officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting at B&B Wrecker and identified Bobo laying in front of his business with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Tomlin further stated in a release that preliminary statements from witnesses indicate the shooting was accidental. Tomlin said the investigation is ongoing.
Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel said he pronounced Bobo dead at the Wadley ER at 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.