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Alleged Arsonist Injured In Breathitt County

Hazard Kentucky State Police got a call this morning of an abandoned house fire on Wolf Creek Road, in the Rousseau Community of Breathitt County.

Rousseau Fire Department responded and reported that there were actually three structures on fire, and there were several people arguing.

A short time later, KSP was told that one person was shot, and that there was a single vehicle collision related.

After investing, police determined that Ray Brown, of Rousseau, allegedly set fire to three abandoned houses as well as an old bus.

Several in the neighborhood confronted Brown and one man pulling out a gun.

Witnesses told police that Brown got into a vehicle and tried to drive away in the direction Roger Spencer, who reportedly had to move out of the way to avoid being hit.

Police say Spencer reportedly fired several shots at the car, with a .22 rifle, which continued away from the scene.

Brown kept driving in the car, he struck two parked firefighter's vehicles, before colliding with a tree and over an embankment.

Jackson Fire Department responded to the three-vehicle crash scene and removed Brown with special equipment.

Brown was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries from gunshots and the collision.

He is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Investigators are questioning Spencer, but no charges have been filed at this time.

An investigation is ongoing.


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