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Bella Vista Man Murdered In McDonald County, Suspect Arrested

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — A Bella Vista man was shot and killed and dumped on a rural McDonald County road early Thursday (Feb. 6) morning. McDonald County She...

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — A Bella Vista man was shot and killed and dumped on a rural McDonald County road early Thursday (Feb. 6) morning.

McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said the sheriff's office received a tip about a possible homicide in the south part of rural McDonald County in the early morning hours.

An investigation was launched, and it was determined that a male subject, identified as Christian Zigmunt of Bella Vista, was shot and killed while riding in a vehicle with some friends.

The investigation led police to believe that a suspect, 25-year-old Henry Bridgeford of Noel, Missouri, shot and killed Zigmunt and forced the others to drive down the road where he dumped Zigmunt alongside a county road.

"The suspect and the victim did not know each other at the time they met, the night before during that, but they had a mutual friend that introduced them. So, over an hour or two period was all they knew each other," Hall said.

Henry Bridgeford

Zigmnut was located by authorities, and his body was turned over to the McDonald County Coroner.

Bridgeford was arrested at his home Thursday in the late afternoon/evening.

He is facing multiple charges including Murder in the 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, and two counts of Kidnapping.

Bridgeford is being held at the McDonald County Detention Center on a no bond warrant.

Details about what led to the shooting were not released.

Zigmunt's close friend Hailey Buttry describes him as outgoing, funny, and caring.

“I feel like that should not have happened to him and I hope that there’s justice in finding this person, that they did, and he gets what he deserves," Buttry said.