Man shot, killed after argument over peas at Arkansas store


HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A man is dead after he was shot outside of a store following an argument with another man over peas, police said.

Helena-West Helena Police said officers were called to the Ladino Market at 301 Ladino Street just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The store clerk told police the victim, 63-year-old Samuel Chatman, was arguing with another man, 57-year-old Curtis Holder, inside the store.

Police said Chatman accused Holder of stealing peas out his garden.

Curtis Holder

Police said Holder then pulled out a handgun and started firing shots at Chatman. Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Holder was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder and a firearms charge. He is being held in the Phillips County Detention Center on $450,000 bond.

Correction: Police on Wednesday corrected Chatman’s age following earlier reports.

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