Dispatcher and good samaritan help save shooting victim's life

Barry Co 911 recording released

BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, MICH (WZZM) - 911 recordings obtained by WZZM 13 show a dispatcher and a good samaritan helped save the life of a man who was shot in the neck in Barry County last weekend.

Barry County deputies think 31-year old Nathan Farrell was shot in the neck by 40-year old Ralph Bowling in the middle of a domestic dispute.  Ralph Bowling is suspected of killing his wife Cheyenne Bowling in the same incident Sunday morning.  Deputies think Ralph Bowling shot both of them and then set his house on fire before turning himself in.

Ralph Bowling is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, home invasion and second-degree arson.

The recordings of the 9-1-1 calls show Farrell escaped to a nearby house on Foster Road in Baltimore Township and was severely injured lying in the driveway of Zach Holbrook's house.  Holbrook told the dispatcher he was stacking wood outside early in the morning when Farrell showed up on his property.

Holbrook told the dispatcher Farrell was shot in the neck.  The dispatcher told Holbrook to put a towel down on the victim's neck to put pressure on it to stop blood loss.

"He's bleeding pretty good, he's covered," Holbrook said. 

Moments later deputies arrived to provide medical attention.  They had already been on their way because Farrell was trying to flag down somebody to help him.  That person who saw Farrell along the road called for help as well. 

Cheyenne Bowling was staying with her mother and stepfather on Bird Road in Baltimore Township where the shootings took place.

The Barry County Prosecutor’s Office says Ralph Bowling entered the home about 1:48 a.m. and allegedly shot Farrell.  It is believed he then chased Cheyenne Bowling from the home and fatally shot her in the driveway.

After the shootings, Ralph Bowling went to his home on Coats Grove Road, about 15 miles away in Woodland Township, and allegedly set it on fire, according to a news release from the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office. The fire was reported about 4:41 a.m.  He later surrendered to authorities.

Bowling is being held in the Barry County Jail on a $1 million bond. A condition of bond requires that he have no contact with his two minor children or with Farrell.

Bowling has a probable cause hearing set for June 21 in Hastings District Court.

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