The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested a Keithville man for allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire with her and five children inside.
Michael Sherrick, 44, was booked into the Caddo Parish Jail on Friday, March 24, on one count of Aggravated Arson and six counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
In the evening hours of Wednesday, March 22, Caddo Parish Fire District #4 responded to a report of a house fire located in the 14000 block of Johns Gin Road in Keithville. Firefighters learned there was a mother and five children inside the home at the time of the fire, but fortunately, all were able to escape safely.
Following an assessment of the scene and conducting witness statements, SFM deputies determined the fire started in the attic and was intentionally set.
During the investigation, deputies learned there had been an altercation between the homeowner and her ex-boyfriend, Sherrick, shortly before the fire occurred. The homeowner also reported seeing Sherrick come from the home’s attic and run out of the house around the same time she started smelling smoke in the home. A warrant was then obtained for Sherrick’s arrest.
When Sherrick was located back at the scene, he ran from arresting officers but was later taken into custody.