A second Birmingham west precinct police officer has been jailed in connection to the Ensley arson investigation.
The officer was taken into custody between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Friday, June 15 while he was on duty. He was booked into the Birmingham City Jail at 3:54 Friday morning and is still in custody at the jail. The officer has not yet been formally charged, so his name has not yet been released. He is being held on suspicion of second degree arson.
The officer's arrest is in connection to a reported fire on Warrior Road in Ensley, Sgt. Johnny Williams with BPD said in a release.
"The investigation has progressed well as we continue to dig deeper into this arson investigation," BPD police chief A.C. Ropers said. "We are still chasing leads but the evidence thus far has led us to arrest another officer. I am pleased that our investigators are representing the department with professionalism and honor as they conduct a methodical and comprehensive investigation."
Birmingham mayor William Bell issued a statement about the second arrest of a Birmingham police officer: "We are certainly disappointed that the evidence has led us to an internal arrest. However, I am impressed with the speed of the investigation and the fact that our Police Department has left no stone unturned. The Birmingham Police Department is committed to excellence and to the safety of each of the citizens in our City and that holds true today."
A total of 14 arson cases in the west Birmingham area are under investigation. The fires were set between May 9 and May 21.
Curtis Thornton, a west precinct Birmingham police officer, was charged June 1 in connection to one of the Ensley arsons. He is charged with setting fire to a home in the 1700 block of 29th Street in Ensley. Thornton is due in court for a preliminary hearing June 21. Thornton has also been charged with setting fires in the Warrior community, where he lives.
Check back with this developing story for updates. Birmingham police say they will release more information after a warrant is issued.
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