Sheriff speaks out after house fire

Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 6:58 PM CDT
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RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A northeast Arkansas sheriff is speaking out after a suspect set his home on fire.

The situation was made known on Monday afternoon after Region 8 News spoke to Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell.

According to Arkansas State Police, Bryan Keith Rogers, of Biggers, threw a capsule containing an ignited piece of paper and gasoline onto the side of the sheriff’s house, causing the fire to ignite.

After looking back at the events that occurred early Monday morning, Sheriff Bell said he and his family are still shaken up.

One thing was at the top of the sheriff’s mind when he knew his family was in danger.

“Trying to get my family to safety. I was in fear for their lives as well as my own,” he said.

Sheriff Bell explained he and Rogers have a long history.

“I’ve dealt with this individual for 20 years, going back to my state police days. He’s been a potential threat for a long time”, he said. “This particular subject has threatened my life in the past, and every time we deal with him, he’s armed.”

Sheriff Bell added things could have gone much worse without the swift action of the multiple law enforcement agencies involved.

“My department, they went above and beyond and did an outstanding job, along with the game and fish, and the state police. They were a tremendous help, and I can’t thank them enough,” he said.

Sheriff Bell had one message to the criminals who want to try to mess with law enforcement in Randolph County.

“Anyone that wants to try to do violent acts toward law enforcement, if you shoot at us, we will shoot back, and we’re going to shoot a lot,” he warned.

The sheriff said his home had minor damage from the fire, adding it did not reach the inside.

Arkansas State Police said no one was injured in the fire or the chase.

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