LITTLE ROCK — The wife of the chief ranger of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the ranger’s death, authorities said.

LITTLE ROCK — The wife of the chief ranger of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the ranger’s death, authorities said.


Pamela Diane Digman, 55, of Roland was arrested Sunday in the shooting death of Jerry Digman, 58, at the couple’s home in Roland, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said.


Jerry Digman recently was appointed chief ranger after retiring from the Arkansas State Police, where he had served for 31 years, most recently as a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Division.


During his years as a state trooper Digman also served on the Governor’s Security Detail, providing security to Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker. He also served as a trooper around the state, mostly at El Dorado and Texarkana.


Pamela Digman called 911 at 11:39 a.m. Sunday and reported the shooting and her husband’s death, Minden said. When sheriff’s deputies arrived at 11:58 a.m., they reported finding Digman on the floor of the couple’s home with multiple gunshot wounds.


Pamela Digman, an employee of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, admitted in her 911 call and in interviews with detectives that she shot her husband multiple times in their home after an altercation, authorities said.


A booking photo of Pamela Digman taken around 11:30 p.m. Sunday shows a black and swollen eye, a large bruise on her forehead and two large bruises on her neck.


Minden said she was being held without the possibility of bail at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility pending arraignment.


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Bill Lawson writes for the Maumelle Monitor.