Man Dies After Being Found With A Gunshot Wound In Barling

Photo courtesy of KFOR.

Photo courtesy of KFOR.

BARLING (KFSM) – A man who was found with a gunshot wound to the chest Tuesday morning (Aug. 19) in Barling has died, officials say.

Police and an ambulance were sent to 1101 M St. this morning where they found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. The call came in around 9 a.m., according to police.

The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, and his identity hasn’t been released because not all family members have been notified of his death.

Police are still trying to figure out how the man was shot, and an investigation is ongoing.

Property records indicate that the home at 1101 M St. in Barling belongs to Danny J. Barton and Jo Ann Barton, but there is no indication from authorities that Barton is the victim of the shooting.

6 comments

  • Jessica Holt

    5 News regularly shows a lack of journalistic integrity. First of all, how does reporting this at all benefit the public? Second, why show the body being wheeled out of the man’s home? How will this affect his wife and other family members? How many gawkers will drive past their home tonight using the address you provided?

    This code of ethics includes a few salient points:

    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

    -Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage.
    -Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
    -Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort.
    -Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
    -Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

    It’s time our local news stations start reporting more real news instead of pandering to “lurid curiosity.”

  • Katherine

    No indication that Barton is the victim? What does that even mean? Further, why post the address? You need some professional reporters on staff. At the count of one.

  • MiddleAgedMan

    I guess because “Someone has died in Barling due to a gunshot wound to the chest” doesn’t make for much of an article. Come on, people, they haven’t done anything here that hasn’t been the norm for decades. A news article speaking about a death, including video which may or may not show them carting the victim out, is nothing new. I guess you liberals need something else to ‘stand up against’.

  • Katherine

    Conservative here, Mr. label your neighbor. In case it never crossed your mind, this sets her up for robbery for her firearms.

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