Fredericksburg Police investigating arson at City Police headquarters
Fredericksburg Police are investigating an incident from early Sunday morning when at about 12:35, a male poured a flammable fluid on the Fallen Officer Memorial and the front entrance to City Police Department headquarters. Two small fires ensued, but were quickly extinguished by the Fredericksburg Fire Department. There were no injuries.
City Police and the Fredericksburg Fire Marshal are conducting a joint investigation.
City Police Chief Brian Layton said “I am heartbroken this senseless act happened here in our great City. Across the country, we are seeing protests, acts of violence, and destruction of property by people outraged over the tragic and avoidable death of George Floyd. We are all deeply saddened by his death and are praying for his family during this difficult time. However, violence and senseless acts are never the answer. As I stated to my Citizen’s Advisory Panel yesterday, I am extremely confident that what occurred in Minneapolis could never happen in Fredericksburg. We as a City need to come together and set a positive example for other communities across the nation.”
The Fredericksburg Police Department asks anyone who can identify the suspect or has information about the incident call (540) 373-3122. To make an anonymous tip, send a text to “847-411” and text “FPDtip” followed by your tip. Or, download the free FPD Tip app available for Android and iPhones. To download the app, search “FPD Tip” in the Google or iTunes App Store.
(Video courtesy Fredericksburg City Police)