UPDATE: Investigators confirm Stonewood shooting victim has died

Published: Dec. 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM EST
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Authorities have finally confirmed reports that Codey Hardman, the man shot by a Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy last week at his home in Stonewood, has died. Sheriff Albert Marano confirmed this information Tuesday.

Last week, Codey's father, Eddie Hardman posted on Facebook suggesting that Codey had passed away.

He wrote, "I've been through a lot but this has to be one of the hardest. I haven't hurt so much in my whole life. I miss you so much Codey...until we meet again, I love you."

Codey's mother had also told 5 News that her son had been on a respirator since the night of the shooting so that his organs can be collected and donated.

Visit the Related Links section of this story for background information on what supposedly happened the night of the shooting, including details on the pellet gun Codey had and why the sheriff's department was looking for him.