Multiple FIRES Linked – Sudden Arrest Reported!

Suspect in Multiple Arsons on Election Day Arrested

Suspect in Multiple Arsons on Election Day Arrested

( – Mississippi police received multiple calls on Election Day, November 8, about several structure fires. Law enforcement acted promptly and had someone in custody very quickly.

Just before 3 a.m., Jackson Police Department (JPD) received calls about fires at a number of places, including the Epiphany Lutheran Church, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a gas station, a house, privacy covering at a baseball field, and two other structures. The fires were all put out just over three hours later, except for the blaze at the Epiphany Lutheran Church, a historic black church, which burned for more than four hours.

On Tuesday evening, the JPD announced Hinds County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Devin McLaurin for the crimes.

A member of the Epiphany Lutheran Church spoke to WAPT News and said the community was mourning their loss. They said it “was like a village,” and now the “village has been destroyed.” Jackson Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Armon called the fires a “major occurrence,” saying how responding to multiple fires is out of the ordinary. He mentioned “about a third” of the city’s fire departments were on the sites of blazes.

McLaurin has been charged with felony malicious mischief. It’s not clear what the motive was for the arsons.

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