Monday, May 10, 2010

Police officer's car and home torched -- Atlanta, GA

Authorities said they suspect an arsonist set fire to a Watkinsville police officer's home and car as the officer and his girlfriend slept in the middle of the night.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said the fire was reported around 3:47 a.m. Sunday. The officer, William Horton, was awakened by the sound of a tire on his car exploding from the heat of the fire. Oxendine said the officer and his girlfriend escaped unharmed.

Oxendine said it was well-known that Horton was a police officer, and he believes that may be why the officer was targeted.

Horton's Chevy Trail Blazer and a golf cart were destroyed, though there was only minor damage to the home.

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