Suspect Jailed in Longview Arson/Shooting

Posted/updated on: January 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

crimescene-1LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested 24-year-old Roger Hall of Marshall and transported him to the Gregg County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Longview Police say Hall, suspected of setting fire to the laundry room of a Longview apartment complex earlier this week, is believed to be the same person who shot three people shortly afterwards. KETK reports the fire was set at the Village South apartment complex on Tuesday night. Fire officials got the call around the same time as a reported shooting in the same area of the complex.

On Wednesday, fire and police officials were trying to determine if the fire and the shooting were connected. After investigating, authorities now believe Hall set the fire, but was caught by someone who had come down the stairs to check on the fire alarm. Hall then allegedly shot the witness and ran into a random nearby apartment. He then allegedly shot two additional people who were inside the apartment. A struggle ensued, and Hall was stabbed with his own knife after the gun and knife had been wrestled away from Hall, according to police. Officials say all four people were hospitalized for treatment. The case remains under investigation.

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