Murdered fire captain 'served his community with distinction'

Search for answers in fire captain's murder.

DALLAS — For 20 years, Capt. Bob Poynter dedicated his life to helping others.

“He served his community with distinction," said Chief Randy Howell, with the University Park Fire Department in Dallas.

Poynter climbed the ranks at the University Park Fire Department to become one of their top firefighters.

He was well-liked and respected. A tight-knit group, his fellow firefighters say they're overwhelmed by his murder.

”At this difficult time, we are all dealing with his death in our own way," Howell said.

Late Friday night, Poynter was found shot to death in his truck in Royce City.

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His wife, Chacey Poynter, and her alleged boyfriend, Michael Garza, were arrested over the weekend.

Police say Poynter gave conflicting statements to officers when she flagged them down Friday night saying her husband had been shot.

The fire chief didn't want to address the circumstances of his death and instead focused on the work he dedicated his life.

Poynter served on a task force that went to New Orleans to help just after Hurricane Katrina.

"They ended up wading through toxic waste in St. Bernard Parish looking for survivors trapped in houses and cataloging the dead," Howell said. "That duty, one he volunteered for, speaks volumes about Bob's character and commitment to this service."

His wife and Garza are being held in the Hunt County jail on murder charges.  Police declined to release any new information on the murder or the motive.

News 8 has had a difficult time obtaining the arrest affidavits, which by law should be in the court records.

Poynter’s fire chief says he leaves behind three daughter, who he was proud of and were the loves of his life.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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