A man was arrested on arson and terroristic threat charges early Wednesday morning after starting a small fire in his bedroom following a domestic disturbance, according to Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer.
Brian Morrison, 44, was booked into Denton City Jail at 3:40 a.m. after the incident. Denton police first responded to disturbance at a home in far south Denton in the 9800 block of Grandview Drive.
Responding officers spoke with the man's parents, who said Morrison pushed his mother out of his room during an argument earlier in the night. The mother told the officer her son had lighter fluid at the time and "it's not going to go down nice," according to Kizer.
When the officers went inside the house, they tried to coax him out of his bedroom to talk. Then, outside the bedroom's closed door, they heard what sounded like someone loading a gun, Kizer said.
"He told the officers if they tried to enter the room he would expedite the process," Kizer said, relaying information from the police report.
According to Kizer, the suspect went on to tell the responding officers, "When I tell you it's time for you to leave, it's not because I want you to. I'm telling you because I want you to be safe."
The officers talked to the man outside the bedroom door for hours, Kizer said. They eventually smelled what they described as flammable chemicals, and the man said he poured lighter fluid around his bedroom. The man said he would light a fire if the officers tried to enter the room, Kizer said.
When officers believed he lit something on fire in the room, they breached the door and quickly extinguished the small flames. Officers saw various lighters, matches and a bottle of lighter fluid nearby, Kizer said.
He did not say whether the man had a firearm. No injuries were reported.
Driver cited after hitting four pedestrians, including children in stroller
Denton police cited a 27-year-old woman after she reportedly drove into two adult pedestrians and two children in a stroller Tuesday evening at the intersection of East McKinney Street and South Loop 288.
All four pedestrians were hospitalized, but none were seriously injured, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. Police identified the victims as two women, ages 24 and 57, as well as two children in a stroller, ages 1 and 2.
The driver, who was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, had been driving a Ford Focus west on McKinney Street. About 5:30 p.m., the driver was turning left into the southbound lanes of South Loop 288 when the car struck the pedestrians in the crosswalk, Kizer said.
Kizer said the pedestrians entered the crosswalk after the traffic light signaled to cross. The driver said she didn't see the pedestrians because she was distracted by sunlight.
A 6-year-old girl had been crossing with the pedestrians, but she was not injured, Kizer said.
Intersection of Lillian Miller Parkway and South Interstate 35E — Denton police are looking for a 19-year-old suspect in connection with an aggravated robbery at a Chevron convenience store in August 2016, according to department spokesman Shane Kizer.
About 12:40 a.m. Aug. 3, 2016, an employee at the Chevron convenience store at the corner of South Interstate 35E and Lillian Miller Parkway said a man robbed him at gunpoint. He said his phone was taken, according to the report, but it's unclear whether the suspect got away with any money.
Denton police said they have since identified the suspect as Skylar Dalton Joseph Park. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Denton police non-emergency line at 940-349-8181.
Intersection of Oak and Fry streets — A Denton County Transportation Authority bus driver said someone threw a rock and broke a window on the bus he was driving about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
The driver had been driving in the Fry Street bar area. No arrests were made.
1400 block of Eufemia Drive — A would-be burglar tried to get inside a north Denton home through a window Tuesday before fleeing the scene, according to police.
The man removed the window's screen and tried to pry open the window, but he never gained access to the home, the report said. It's unclear why the man left the scene, and no arrests were made.
From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:
The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 961 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 45 people were booked into Denton County Jail.
Denton police handled 163 calls for service and made 14 arrests.
Denton firefighters handled 24 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one building fire.