Texas Fire Captain Found Shot Dead; Wife Arrested

September 12, 2016 Updated: September 12, 2016
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ROYSE CITY, Texas—Police say a Dallas-area firefighter has been found shot to death in a vehicle and one person was detained in the investigation.

Royse City police Chief Jeff Stapleton didn’t immediately say who was being held Saturday or possible charges.

A University Park spokesman says Fire Department Capt. Robert Poynter was not on duty when he died Friday night. UP spokesman Steve Mace says Poynter joined the department in 1997.

Stapleton says officers responded to a report of a woman trying to stop traffic. Stapleton says the woman told officers that her husband had been shot and was in a vehicle, where a man was found dead.

Stapleton says the woman provided “suspicious and conflicting information” and a third person was believed to have been present.

Further details weren’t immediately released.

According to WFAA

Chacey Poynter was seen trying to stop vehicles on FM 35 near Hunt County Rd. 2595 at about 10:40 p.m. She said her husband had been shot. Officers found Poynter dead inside his vehicle from a single gunshot wound.

Officers reported that his wife gave “suspicious and conflicting information.” Officers at the scene said they believed there might have been another person at the location ‘at the time of the incident.

The University City Fire Department wrote that Robert Poynter started with the department in 1997 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2002 and later to Captain in 2012.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.