Attorney says Missouri man had BB gun when Arkansas park rangers shot him

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An attorney representing the family of a man who was fatally shot by two park rangers while camping in northern Arkansas said the camper had a BB pistol on him.
           
A statement from Buffalo National River officials said the park rangers fired at 44-year-old Jonathan Bolger on August 20 after he refused to drop the weapon.
           
Attorney David Ransin said the BB gun didn't have an orange tip on the barrel to indicate that it wasn't a real weapon. Ransin said Bolger brought the gun to fend off raccoons while camping at the Spring Creek Campground near Yellville.
           
Ransin said the state medical examiner's office has completed an autopsy but that a report hasn't been released.
           
The National Park Service, Searcy County Sheriff's Office, and Arkansas State Police are investigating.

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