Kitsap Sun, KITSAP, WA. - A North Kitsap man accused last week of burning his house to the ground, threatening firefighters with their own ax, pouring gasoline on another neighbor's porch and getting shot at until the neighbor ran out of bullets may have been in the throes of meth paranoia. On Monday Kitsap County prosecutors charged Fred H. Carpenter IV, 41, with a series of felonies related to the fast-moving incident Wednesday morning. The scene apparently started when 911 dispatchers were alerted just before 11 a.m. to a vehicle fire on the 27000 block of Burkes Lane NE, near Kingston. The car belonged to a neighbor of Carpenter's, according to authorities. Not long after that report firefighters updated the response to include a house fire at Carpenter's nearby residence. Then another update came when a different neighbor called 911 to say he shot Carpenter during a confrontation that started when he found a man pouring gasoline on his porch, according to court documents. Detectives later determined Carpenter was not hit by the gunfire. Carpenter was charged with first-degree arson for allegedly setting his rental house on fire, attempted first-degree arson for allegedly pouring gasoline on the neighbor’s porch and second-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to the car. Gas cans were found near Carpenter's house, according to court documents, and investigators searching for the cause of the blaze reported smelling gasoline near the fire's suspected point of origin. Read the full story on KitsapSun.com.
Meth Paranoia Might Have Triggered Kingston Arsons
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