Former Texas Rangers pitcher dies in Arkansas shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Police and family members say former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield has died in a shooting in Little Rock. He was 52.

Little Rock police say Barfield was fatally shot Dec. 24 after an altercation with an acquaintance in downtown Little Rock.

Barfield, a left-hander, pitched three seasons for the Rangers beginning in 1989.

Fifty-nine-year-old William Goodman of Pine Bluff is being held in the Pulaski County jail on preliminary charges of first-degree murder. Court records do not list an attorney for Goodman.

Barfield's sister, Debra Hudson, tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) that she is devastated by her brother's death. Hudson says her brother "had the kindest heart of any human I had ever known."

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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