Man wanted for murder fatally shoots himself

Man wanted for murder fatally shoots himself
After fleeing the scene, authorities placed a warrant out for Barnes for murder in the first-degree. (Source: Gray News)

HOWARD, Ar. (KSLA) - A man suspected of homicide in Athens has shot himself.

After fleeing the scene, authorities placed a warrant out for Barnes for murder in the first-degree.

Around noon on Saturday, July 11, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office started getting calls that Barnes’ vehicle had been spotted in the Newhope area and on Hwy 369, south towards his home on Muddy Fork Road.

Authorities say after arriving near Barnes’ home, they discovered he had just returned to the residence moments before they did.

Officers located Barnes near a pond on his property and saw that he was in possession of a shotgun.

At approximately 1:10 p.m., officers say they heard a single gunshot fired and later discovered that Barnes had used the shotgun to kill himself.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office extends our sympathy and prayers to the families of Betty Burgess and Tony Barnes during this senseless tragedy.
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