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Arsonist in Alabama Targets Police Officer’s Boat, Truck

Authorities are looking for the person or persons responsible for torching a Sheffield police officer’s boat and truck at his residence.

Sheffield Police Lieutenant Ray Terry was targeted by an arsonist at his home on the night of April 6, 2016. Terry, who sleeping at the time, woke up sometime between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. to flames just outside of his garage.

When Terry went to investigate he realized that it wasn’t his garage that was on fire, but his boat. When responding fellow officers asked Terry to move his truck for firefighters, he then became aware that his vehicle was heavily damaged by fire as well. Not only was that, but an anti-police message had been scrawled into the hood, all but confirming the act was indeed arson.

Now with not only the Sheffield Police Department but the State Fire Marshall’s involved the investigation is quite serious with one person of interest identified, but no arrest made yet.


The attack was personal for the 14-year veteran who said, “When you come home, that’s a place of privacy and security, for everybody. For a police officer, it’s where you can let your guard down. You don’t have to be looking over your shoulder”

Terry went on to add, “This has changed things for me. If they come to your home, what else are they willing to do? It’s made me wary and distrusting of every person on the street”

Terry went onto his own Facebook page to post about the incident which can be seen here.

It goes without saying that if you see something, say something, and in cases such as arson where felony charges would apply, even more so. Eventually someone will have to brag about this and hopefully they will do it in front of someone who cares.

If and when that happens the number to call is the Sheffield Police Department at 256-383-1771.

Photos via Facebook/Ray Terry 



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Arsonist in Alabama Targets Police Officer’s Boat, Truck