Police: Man sets house on fire during standoff




Posted on March 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 2:55 PM

FRISCO -- A man accused of threatening his fiance with a gun set his home on fire during a standoff with police overnight in the 6100 block of Arlington Dr., read a statement released by Sgt. Bradley J. Merrit, Frisco Police Department.

According to a statement, William Chad Coleman's fiance drove to the Frisco Police Department and told police her fiance was armed and acting in a "threatening manner." She told police Coleman chased her as she escaped the home and fled away in a vehicle.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Coleman, 38, armed with several firearms inside his home, Merritt said. The Special Operations Unit was called to the scene and officers were able to make contact with Coleman, who allegedly threatened to come out "blazing fire."

One neighbor, Steve Benhoff, said he noticed police activity on his street at about 10 p.m. Monday. About an hour later, another neighbor, Susan McDermott, was told by police to stay inside her house and keep away from the windows.

After making contact with Coleman several times, "officers heard loud noises from within the house and also the breaking of windows," Merritt said. "A fire began in the garage with several small explosions."

According to the neighbors, residents were evacuated as the blaze broke out at about 12:30 a.m.

"They came pounding on my door and told me to get out of the house because the house next door was on fire and they were afraid that it would hit mine," McDermott said.

Benhoff said he saw Coleman run from the house as the flames ripped through the residence.

"All of the sudden, the guy comes running out of the house," he said. "[Police] all started yelling, 'Get down; get down.' And then he laid down in the front yard there and they handcuffed him."

Coleman was treated for smoke inhalation at the Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, the statement read. Merritt said he was later transported to the Frisco Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $150,000. Coleman may also face charges of arson as police continue their investigation into the incident.

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