One Dead, One Injured In Lavaca Shootout

May 10, 2004

LAVACA, Ark. -- One person is dead and one is injured after a Sunday night shootout in Lavaca.

The shooting happened about 9:15 p.m. Sunday at a home in Lavaca in Sebastian County.

The man who forced his way into the home, Billy Bowen, was killed during a shootout with people inside the home. A woman was injured during the melee.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department said Billy Bowen was upset with his ex-girlfriend when he forced his way into her family’s home and began shooting with a semi-automatic rifle.

What Bowen didn’t know, according to authorities, is that some family members inside the home were armed with guns.

Bowen shot his ex-girlfriend’s grandmother during the rampage. Cpt. William Hollenbeck said Bowen then aimed the gun at his ex-girlfriend’s nephew. However, the ex-girlfriend reacted first and shot Bowen with her own gun.

Bowen later died.

Investigators said Bowen had a criminal record in addition to a stalking report filed against him by his ex-girlfriend just weeks ago.

Authorities were still at the scene Monday conducting their investigation.

The grandmother of Bowen’s ex-girlfriend is recovering at an area hospital. Authorities have not identified the injured woman, the ex-girlfriend and others involved in the shootout.