One man dead from a crossbow shooting

A 20-year-old white male reportedly shot a 58-year-old white male, Frank Tate Sr. with a crossbow that lead to the victims death Sunday afternoon on Richlands Hwy.

Sunday afternoon, at approximately 4 PM on Sept. 22, 2019 deputies from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a person being, “shot or stabbed,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The deputies arrived on the  scene at 5363 Richlands Hwy., Lot 6 where they discovered a 58-year-old white male lying in the yard with a stab wound to his side.

The identity of the 58-year-old male victim has just been released at 2:30 PM by OCSO as Frank Tate Sr., resident of the homes address. 

EMS personnel began live saving measures of CPR but the victim was deceased on the scene.

A 20-year-old white male who was located on the scene admitted to “accidentally” shooting the 58-year-old with the crossbow. The crossbow shooter was detained but released and cooperating with law enforcement in this investigation.

“A crossbow and a knife were recovered from the scene,” per the updated press release Monday afternoon.

This video is for educational purposes only and grant safety tips. This has no intention to indicate that safety measures were or were not taken in this case. This is a prevention based education attempt from the current tragedy.

The investigation is continuing in partnership between the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. More information will be released as it comes available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Lt. Mark Scott at or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information provided that’s deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and the message to 274637.


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