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Fatal Las Vegas arson fire suspect arrested in Carson City

November 18, 2021 GMT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A 35-year-old transient accused of setting a Las Vegas house fire that killed his girlfriend has been arrested in Carson City on arson and homicide-related charges.

Shyhelee Jamal Coleman was booked into the Carson City Jail Tuesday after Carson City sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle trespassing at a gas station on College Parkway, the Nevada Appeal reported.

Coleman initially was uncooperative but after about 30 minutes of negotiations, opened his car door and threw out a large kitchen knife, authorities said.

He’s accused of setting the Nov. 10 fire that killed Melynda Williams and three dogs that also were found dead in the double-wide mobile home. Las Vegas police said they had responded to a reported domestic disturbance at the residence nine hours earlier.

Coleman faces one count of first-degree arson, three counts of attempted murder, and three counts of willful killing of an animal. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one.