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Marianna fire chief killed during domestic dispute

Residents of the small town of Marianna, Arkansas were shocked to learn Sunday of the shooting death of their fire chief, Charles "Chuck" Boone.

Lee County Sheriff Jack Oxner said Boone was shot to death during a domestic dispute early Sunday morning.

According to Oxner, the suspect in the shooting, Steve Amos, went to the house of his estranged wife, Patty, around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.  When he arrived at the house, he found Patty with Boone.  Oxner said Amos shot Boone, and then beat his estranged wife.

Oxner said Patty Amos sustained only minor injuries.  The sheriff said the death of Boone, a friend of his, was hard to take.

"It's hard on me, because I knew him so well," Oxner said.  "Hard on the community too.  He was a well-liked individual."

While firefighters in Marianna were to distraught to comment on camera Sunday, residents were more than willing to talk about the death of their friend.

"He was a nice guy every time you saw him," Mayose Normant said.

Boone, 43, had been fire chief in Marianna for approximately five years.  A life-long resident of the town, he also owned an auto parts business.

"Seems like it should be on a movie," resident Joe Edwards said. "Not supposed to happen here.  Not this close."

Boones' death was the fifth homicide in Lee County in 2007, with each killing involving a fight between a husband and a wife.

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