published Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Athens man tries to set officer on fire

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    Ronald Fisher is the man who tried to light an officer on fire.
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An Athens, Tenn., man has been arrested after he attempted to set fire to a police officer.

Ronald Fisher was charged with attempted second-degree murder on Tuesday, authorities said.

When officers arrived at Fisher’s house on a disturbance call, he became very upset and began to douse his bed and the officer with lighter fluid, said Athens Detective Sgt. Heith Willis. As Fisher tried to set fire to the officer with a lighter, another officer tackled him, Willis said.

The police department is going to request a mental evaluation for Fisher, Willis said.

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RickD said...

Hasn't this guy been in the news before?

March 24, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.

Damn that man looks like a cave man out of the past.

March 24, 2011 at 5:58 p.m.
dude_abides said...

He must be from up north.

March 24, 2011 at 7:48 p.m.
Echo said...

dude_abides - the swollen tongue is possibly from anti-seizure medication. Oh - I forgot that it's okay for libs to ridicule the developmentally disabled.

March 24, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Echo, my post was in response to lighthouse, who posted a truly callous response in regard to another story in which a man was killed locally, and whom you chose not to call on the carpet regarding the his response to the story above. You must be conservative bedmates. Thank you for the medical opinion on this story. Are you an M.D.? Do you have a medical degree?

March 25, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
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