Man Threatens NLR Police Officers with Gasoline, Sets Fire

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local man is in jail charged with aggravated assault against police officers and is also accused of pouring gasoline on a police dog right before starting a fire.

Justin Gregory Shelley, 26, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and also faces charges of refusal to submit to arrest, fleeing, burglary and arson after police say he broke into a home and then set a fire in the garage.

It all started around 4 p.m. when police were called to the area around Bridgeway Road and Betts Lane about a suspicious man in woods near the Bridgeway Hospital.

According to the North Little Rock Police Department incident report, Shelley ran into a home in the 7700 block of Westwind Drive, kicked in the back door and went into the garage, where he picked up a 5-gallon container of gasoline.

Police say Shelley first poured the gasoline on the floor, then on the police dog and splashed the liquid toward officers while also holding a cigarette lighter. The officers and K-9 escaped injury when the gasoline on the floor was set on fire, which quickly engulfed the garage door and ceiling. Shelley then tried to get away by breaking out a window but was caught by the police K-9.

The fire was put out with damage to the door and ceiling estimated at about $1,000.

Shelley was taken to the hospital for treatment of a dog bite and then taken to jail.

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