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Police: Angier man sets fire to Wilson home during standoff, burglary

Posted September 25, 2022 12:53 p.m. EDT

Photo by: Charlie Mauzé

— An Angier man started a massive fire at a home in Wilson during a burglary and police stand off, according to the police.

The police said Eric Leith Malloy, 38, attempted to set the empty home on fire before barricading himself in a detached shed on the property at 705 Raleigh Road Parkway.

Fire on Raleigh Parkway

He also tried to burn down the shed he was hiding in. Police negotiated with Malloy and they eventually convinced him to surrender, police said.

Officers also found a stolen vehicle from Cumberland County on the property.

Malloy was taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and be given a mental health evaluation, police said.

Fire on Raleigh Parkway in Wilson

Authorities said charges are forthcoming and Malloy will likely face charges from both Wilson and Cumberland County.

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