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Retired Marine, code enforcement officer ambushed, killed after posting condemed sign on home

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An Augusta man who was arrested in Aiken County in the murder of an Augusta code enforcement officer has been extradited to Richmond County.

Smitty Melton, 65, was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center shortly after 1 p.m. Monday and charged with murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Melton was arrested Thursday afternoon in Aiken County after he allegedly shot and killed city code enforcement officer and retired Marine Charles “Chip” Case on 13th Avenue.

Case had gone to Melton’s residence on 13th Avenue for the sole purpose of re-posting a “condemned” sign on the house, The Augusta Chronicle reported. After he posted the sign, Case went back to his truck and Melton came from behind the truck to the driver’s side and fired, according to authorities.

According to arrest warrants, Melton shot Case with a 12-gauge shotgun.

He is being held at Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

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