State Police: Medical examiner classifies UAMS officer involved shooting as suicide

State Police

The Arkansas State Police says that the UAMS officer involved shooting of a 59-year-old Sheridan man on Monday afternoon is being preliminarily classified as a suicide.

According to the state police, the Arkansas State Medical Examiner preliminarily classified the shooting death of Bobby Hollingshead of Grant County as a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The state police say that the state medical examiner says the second gunshot wound sustained by Hollingshead would not have contributed or hastened his death.

According to state police, UAMS police officers approached Hollingshead as he exited a truck near the hospital’s emergency entrance. Hollingshead allegedly brandished a gun and directed police officers to stay away. As Hollingshead raised his gun, according to police, one UAMS officer fired his weapon and wounded Hollingshead, who was taken inside the hospital for medical treatment. Hollingshead later succumbed to his wounds.

Hospital staff says via police that Hollingshead received reports prior to the shooting that he may have had intentions to harm himself or others at the hospital.

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Special agents of the state police’s criminal investigation division were requested by UAMS police to investigate the officer involved shooting. Hollingshead’s body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

Once the investigation, which is still ongoing, is completed, a case file will be sent to the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney, who will decide whether the use of deadly force by a police officer was consistent with state laws.