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Officials: Fire Set At Home of Officer Was Arson

Officials: Fire Set At Home of Officer Was Arson

Indianapolis Star via YellowBrix

September 21, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS – A fire discovered early Monday at the Far-Southside home of an Indianapolis police officer was intentionally set, investigators said.

Around 1:15 a.m., authorities said, someone set fire to the back porch area of the home occupied by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Justin Beaton, his wife and their two children, ages 2 and 7.

The blaze quickly gutted the house and a backyard pool, leaving the family homeless and causing $100,000 damage.

IMPD and Indianapolis Fire Department investigators did not specify a motive or why they believe it was arson. They would not comment on reports that an incendiary device was used.

The crime stunned neighbors in the tree-lined, neighborhood of brick homes. Neighbors were uncertain whether it was a random act of violence or a case of someone targeting a police officer.

“They are both equally scary” scenarios, said Ed Rudisell, a next-door neighbor of the officer who was awakened by the commotion and ran outside to see Beaton unsuccessfully try to knock down flames with a garden hose. “If it’s an individual that is starting fires or targeting a police officer, it’s beside the point.”

Beaton, who has been with the department for about five years, couldn’t be reached. IFD spokeswoman Capt. Rita Burris said the officer’s wife heard the sound of breaking glass on the back porch and then fire quickly engulfed the house. It took firefighters 30 minutes to put out the flames.

IMPD spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson said officers can become known off-duty, because of cases they work or the fact they take home marked patrol cars. “If they (someone) did target them, it’s disturbing,” Jackson said.

Fellow officers are working to help the family, including providing clothing for the children.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 3 years ago


    Interesting article - thanks for sharing with the community. Important to know these things.

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I am glad the family got out safely. I hope they catch the dirt bag who did this!!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I am from Indianapolis, and my Brother is on this department. I made a post in the forum in the Officer Down thread. If you have anything you could donate to the family, or would like to make a monitary donation, I put the details in that thread. Thanks everyone!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    It is good news to hear that the officer and his family were not hurt. I hope that someone will dime the lowlife out so that justice may be served on him.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Im like Dallascrane the main thing is that everyone is physically ok. I know the emotional scar will never go away and the precious memories in the home are gone. But hopefully someone that knows about who this piece of trash that did this is will call. Our prayers go out to the family.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Everyone is physically OK which is the main concern. Time for the "tipster" to call and collect the reward which the amount will certainly be announced shortly.

  • Ribbon_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Thats deep, Im glad they are ok.........

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This sounds like a job for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edtion". Anyone have their phone number ??

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