VICKSBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - A Vicksburg man was arrested for arson after a joint effort between Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace‘s office and the Vicksburg Police Department.
Larry Jack Shoops, 45, was arrested on Thursday, September 26, and charged with two counts of first-degree arson. He is accused of starting two fires at the closed Confederate Ridge Apartments, on Highway 61 North on September 24.
Engines were dispatched to the apartments at 2:30 p.m. When units arrived, one building was destroyed.
During the investigation, multiple eyewitnesses made statements to investigators about a suspect leaving the scene on Highway 61 North at the time of the incident.
Sheriff Martin Pace was one of those eyewitnesses identified Larry Shoops in the immediate area at the time of the fire. Shoops has been a suspect in previous fires at this property in 2016 and 2017.
Shoops is charged with burning down the lower pool house and attempting to burn down building number 20.
Previous structure fires on the property were suspicious and are currently under investigation:
- 11/4/2016 Building #19 (Total Loss)
- 11/24/2016 Building #11 (Attempt to burn)
- 03/29/2017 Building #17 (Total Loss)
- 05/03/2017 Building #8 (Total Loss)
- 09/24/2019 Lower Pool House (Total Loss)
- 09/24/2019 Building #20 (Attempt to burn)
Shoops will appear before a judge on Friday, September 27 for a bond hearing. If convicted, he faces 5-20 years in prison for each charge of arson.