Heber Springs Murder Victim Was Fire Captain

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Charlie Johnson, 65

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – A local man who was shot and killed in an incident at a business Thursday afternoon was a fire captain.

That’s according to the Tumbling Shoals/Ida Fire Dept., which issued an official statement Friday on the death of Charlie Johnson, 65.

“It is with heavy grieving hearts that we announce the passing of our Captain Charles A. Johnson during a tragic event which occurred yesterday at his place of business. Captain Johnson was a integral part of this department. His calm demeanor, knowledge and love for life and country will carry on within our department and our community through his teachings and his guidance. Captain Johnson was a United States Army Veteran who proudly served during the Vietnam Era. Captain Johnson continued to selflessly serve his family, country and this great community as a volunteer and firefighter protecting life and property. At this time we ask for your thoughts and prayers for Captain Johnson’s wife Candy, their children, grandchildren, family and this department. As more information becomes available we will share it with you as appropriate,” read the statement posted on the fire department’s Facebook page.

A suspect in the case was picked up before dawn Friday morning after a high speed chase with law enforcement officers.

He is identified as David Hammonds, 58. He was transferred to the Cleburne County Jail after his arrest in White County following the chase that started in Jackson County. He was eventually stopped on Highway 67, north of Searcy.

Witnesses say Johnson suffered multiple gunshot wounds. His wife, Candy Johnson, 62, was also shot but survived and was taken to a Little Rock hospital.

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