A Spartanburg County, South Carolina Deputy was pulled off his shift and arrested on 4 counts of attempted murder and arson.
Deputy Dylan Ellis,22, who worked at a county jail, burned down his ex-girlfriend’s house with 4 people inside, including 2 children, reported Fox Carolina.
The grandmother, mother, and 2 children (9 and 15) inside made it out safely with the help of smoke detectors, according to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Friday.
The fire was set on August 23 at 4 a.m. as the 4 people slept inside.
Ellis admitted to being angry at his ex, but did Wright did not say why Ellis tried to murder her family also.
“Please don’t think I’m saying this is OK when I say this. I would almost understand if he damaged a car — if he spoke bad of her on Facebook — something of that nature that would make more sense. Burning a home down at 4’oclock in the morning with four people inside? That’s way out there,” Wright said at a news conference.
Firefighters quickly realized the fire was intentionally set, and the sheriff’s department turned the investigation over to state police when evidence pointed towards Ellis.
Ellis, who worked for the sheriff’s department for 15 months, is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.