LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss.–It was a big fire at a Lauderdale County deputy’s house Wednesday, and the state fire marshal’s office says it was on purpose. The sheriff there is now concerned for the deputy’s safety and the safety of his family after his father’s house was invaded and shots were fired last week.
The fire was at the Russell community home of deputy Jason Wiggins, who was out of town when it broke out Wednesday morning.
WTOK TV reported that Wiggins’ patrol car was parked in front of the house, though.
It was last week when Wiggins’ father’s house, not too far away, was busted into and shots were fired.
That led Sheriff Billy Sollie to tell WTOK that he believes the deputy may be a target.
“Because this family has had more than one tragedy or more than one near death experience in the past twelve months, we’re concerned that somebody or someone out there is attempting to harm the Wiggins family,” said Sollie.
The state fire marshal’s office is now offering a reward for info leading to whomever burned the house. Here are the numbers: 1-888-648-0877, or Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.