Shootout in a Sleepy Hamlet

Wanted for murder, a militant tax evader is slain in Arkansas

Mayor Billy Davis of Smithville, Ark. (pop. 113), expected the worst when half a dozen police cars converged on his mountain hamlet 125 miles northeast of Little Rock late last Friday afternoon. "They weren't talking," said Davis, "so I knew something was about to happen." The officials, including four state troopers, a dozen federal marshals and FBI agents, the sheriff and three deputies, headed four miles north of town and set up roadblocks. Then they drove a mile down a dirt road to...

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