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.