James Weaver (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CLEVES, OH (FOX19) -
A 63-year-old arson suspect is accused of attacking and hurting a paramedic captain who was trying to protect him from catching on fire.
James Weaver is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on charges of aggravated arson, aggravated menacing and assault. He is scheduled to go before a judge at 9 a.m. Monday.
According to court records, Weaver approached his neighbor's open fire pit behind a Front Street home with a can of gasoline and threatening to kill the man and others around it Saturday night.
He also threatened to burn the man's house down. As he made these threats, he dumped gasoline onto the fire pit and a wood pile nearby. Then, he splashed the highly flammable liquid onto the neighbor and another man before trying to pour it into the neighbor's home to set that on fire, too.
The men tried to restrained him until authorities responded.
When the Whitewater Township Fire Department and Western Joint Ambulance District arrived, Weaver was still fighting with one of the men, court records show.
Captain Jim Corbin tried to intervene, but Weaver turned aggressive toward him, too, and threatened to kill him.
He tried to punch Corbin with a closed fist. Corbin and other first responders began struggling with Weaver as they tried to move him away from the fire for his own safety since he was drenched with gasoline until deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrived.
Weaver resisted, so the captain and other fire officials wrestled Weaver to the ground.
In the melee, Corbin suffered an injury to his right wrist.
Weaver was finally taken into custody when a sheriff's corporal arrived and ran over to take him into custody.
Corbin went to an emergency room for treatment. Further details on his injury were not released.