Second Arrest Made in Death of University Park Fire Captain

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UNIVERSITY PARK -- The manhunt is over for the second suspect in the slaying of a University Park Fire captain.

Michael Garza was taken into custody Sunday, two days after Captain Bob Poynter was found dead in his truck near Hunt County Road.

Poynter's wife, Chacey, was arrested a day earlier. Police believe she planned her husband's murder.

Investigators linked Garza to Chacey through Facebook, but have not said how the two knew each other, nor have they revealed a motive in Poynter's death.

Garza has been charged with murder and is being held without bond. Chacey remains jailed on $500,000 for conspiracy to commit her husband's murder.

Capt. Poynter was an 18-year veteran of the University Park Fire Department and had served as captain since 2012. In 2005, Poynter volunteered to help people impacted by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. He helped register victims who needed help through FEMA and looked for survivors.

University Park Fire Department Chief Randy Howell said the entire community is coming to grips with the devastating news, especially Capt. Poynter's co-workers.

"We're working through it at our own pace as individuals and as a department. Experiencing his loss as we speak every word about him and relive every moment that we've spent with him and served with him. I think every individual is going to have to work through it at their own pace," said Chief Howell. "I'm sure there will be moments of sadness, as there already have [been]. We will continue to perform our duties large and small, professionally, and with care and dedication."

UPFD will be helping with Thursday's funeral. Bob will receive honors from the fire department.

The University Park fire and police departments are not investigating the case and do not have further comment on it.

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