Investigators looking at every possible motive in doctor's car bombing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Investigators looking at every possible motive in doctor's car bombing

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - ATF agents are investigating every possible angle in the bombing of Dr. Trent Pierce's car.

Investigators aren't sure if the bomb attack on Dr. Pierce was related to his position as Chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

But they're not taking any chances.

One day after a bomb injured West Memphis Doctor Trent Pierce, there was extra security at the Arkansas State Medical Board where Pierce serves as Chairman.

ATF agents were on hand to talk to board members about their safety.

Safety concerns are shared by Pierce's friends and colleagues in West Memphis.

Family friend Dr. Scott Ferguson said, "They took extra precautions.  There's extra precautions throughout the medical community here."

Doctor Scott Ferguson says Dr. Pierce takes his position on the state medical board very seriously.

"A very prominent position.  He was very proud of that position, worked very hard," said Ferguson.

Investigators want to know if any action taken by the board is somehow related to the bomb that exploded outside the doctor's home Wednesday.

"They are on this case and doing everything that they can," said Ferguson.

Pierce also served on the board of one of the largest nursing home chains in the country.

He was named as a co-defendant in a medical malpractice suit filed by an Arkansas family.

Recently, Pierce filed a motion with the Arkansas Supreme Court asking the high court to dismiss an appeal in the case.

The doctor's request was granted two weeks ago.

We learned Thursday there is also security at the Med.

Friends said West Memphis police officers who happen to be patients of Dr. Pierce volunteered their time to watch over Pierce and his family Wednesday night.

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