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Marianna attempts to cope with murder of Fire Chief

The small town of Marianna is still in shock over the Sunday morning murder of its Fire Chief, Chuck Boone. The news has been especially hard to take for the people who worked with him.

A wreath with a black ribbon hung on the door outside the Marianna Fire Department Monday. Inside, the nearly 30 firefighters and volunteers were somber, still trying to cope with what happened.

Chuck Boone grew up in Marianna. He had been the fire chief for the last five years.

No one inside the fire department wanted to talk on camera. Firefighters released a statement saying Chief Boone was, "a mentor to all of us.  He was well respected and a brother to all of us."

Investigators said Boone was shot to death early Sunday morning by Steve Amos just outside of Marianna. Boone was with Amos' soon-to-be ex-wife, Patty inside Amos' house.

Boone was shot multiple times.

Amos later turned himself in, and is currently being held at the Lee County Jail.

"We're anticipating charges of capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault on a family or household member at this time," Sheriff Jack Oxner said.

Oxner said Amos had a clean record before Sunday's shooting.

The family of Steve Amos has a different story of what happened, they said Amos acted in self-defense.

Terry Wheeler said he got a phone call from his cousin Steve Amos early Sunday morning. Just moments after the shooting.

Wheeler drove his cousin a few miles before Amos told him what happened.

Amos told Wheeler when he found his estranged wife, Patty, in bed with the Marianna Fire Chief, Boone grabbed his gun and pointed it at him.

"He said when he drew down on him he shot Boone. Shot him three times. He doesn't know how many times he hit him. He said Boone hit the bed rolled down on the floor," Wheeler said.

Wheeler believes Amos shot Boone in self-defense.

"He said he didn't mean for what happened to happen but said he didn't have no choice.  He said if he hadn't shot Boone, Boone was going to shoot him so he shot Boone," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said Amos became suicidal and thought he was going to kill himself right there inside his truck.

Instead, Wheeler convinced Amos to turn himself in.

Amos will face a judge for the first time on Wednesday morning.

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