Gassville man shot to death, investigation continuing

A Gassville man is dead following a shooting Friday night and the investigation into his death is continuing. Gassville Police say 45-year-old Edward Kobialka was shot multiple times with a .45 glock handgun at a residence during an argument. No arrests have been made as authorities continue to gather facts in the case.

According to the Gassville Police Department incident report, Kobialka was visiting a friend’s house at 6854 Highway 62 West in Gassville when an argument started with the friend’s son who was moving into the upstairs portion of the dwelling.

When the 911 call was made, the shooter, 22-year-old Tate Aaron Morgavan, told the operator someone had broken into his home. A few seconds later, dispatch informed responding law enforcement officers the caller had shot the subject.

When officers arrived, they found Kobialka lying at the bottom of the stairs. Morgavan was still inside the residence and when the police announced themselves, he emerged with one hand in the air and his 2-year-old daughter in the other and told officers he was unarmed. He told officers he was protecting himself and his property. He then said, “Did I hurt him? Oh my God, I killed him!” Morgavan was taken into custody and questioned about the shooting and later released.

Gassville police say this is an open investigation, and no arrests have been made. An autopsy is being conducted on Kobialka in Little Rock Monday.

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