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Contact: Caven Clark, 870-365-2790
In the early morning hours of August 20, 2017, law enforcement rangers at Buffalo River National Park were on foot patrol in Spring Creek Campground located near Yellville, Arkansas. While on patrol, the officers encountered an adult male subject with a handgun. The subject refused multiple commands to drop the weapon and was fired upon. The individual died as a result of his injuries. The deceased has been identified as Jonathan Bolger, age 44, of Branson, Missouri.
The investigation is being led by the National Park Service/Investigative Services Branch and Office of Professional Responsibility and assisted by the Searcy County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police. No further information will be released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.