July 22, 2009 Edition

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Boy dies from gun shot wound

A Smithville boy is dead, according to officials, after apparently being shot while playing outside his home at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Jace Freeman, 11, was pronounced dead at Arkansas Children's Hospital at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, approximately 18 hours later. He was airlifted from his residence to ACH after receiving medical attention at the scene from AET Ambulance personnel and first responders.

Captain Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department said a 911 call was received from Ruby Tippett, who lives at 1645 South Highway 115, at 7:31 p.m. reporting that her grandson had been shot.

According to Dotson, the area was checked and no weapons or shell casings were found. The report also states that the family reported they had no guns at the residence.

The incident report states that Jace had been playing in the yard with his 12-year-old brother. Both the brother and grandmother told police they heard a loud sound but were not sure if it was the gunshot.

The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab, and the incident is still under investigation.

Funeral services for Freeman, who would have turned 12 on Thursday, are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City.

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