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Suspect With Mental Disabilities Arrested After Allegedly Setting House On Fire

Oct 7, 2020, 5:35 AM | Updated: 7:26 am

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A man with mental disabilities is behind bars Wednesday after police say he set a house on fire and had a confrontation with officers.

The incident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 3300 South and Merry Lane.

Authorities said the suspect got into an argument with his family before setting the house on fire.

When crews arrived, they discovered smoke coming from the back of the home. Officials said several witnesses pointed to a church across the street from the house, where the suspect was allegedly hiding behind air conditioning units in the back.

Police said they noticed the man had a box cutter, and he wasn’t communicating well. Officers ordered him to drop the weapon, but he would not comply. Officers used a Taser on the man and then took him into custody.

No one was seriously injured in either the fire or during the confrontation, police said.

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