BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Birmingham police officer has been arrested in connection to a recent series of Warrior arsons, said Warrior Fire Chief Clay Neely.
Curtis Thornton, a resident of Dana Road in Warrior, has been charged in connection to at least two recent arson fires in Warrior, Neely said.
Specifics of those charges are not available, but they are felonies and have been turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
There have been five fires in Warrior since late April and Thornton has been the suspect for some time, Neely said.
One was set in an abandoned mobile home that had already been damaged by a previous fire. The other one was set in an out building, Neely said. All of the Warrior fires were set on property adjacent to where Thornton was staying on Dana Road.
Neely declined to say if the case was connected to a series of arsons in Birmingham.
"I don't know what Birmingham is charging him with," Neely said.
A press conference has been called for 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Police Department. Capt. Henry Irby said officials will discuss a joint investigation with Warrior Police and Fire and the State Fire Marshal's Office, but declined to provide additional information.
A spokesman for the state fire marshal's office said he could not provide additional information.
Thornton is a 2009 graduate of the Birmingham police academy.
West Precinct Capt. Jerry Wiley said Thornton works the morning shift, but he did not know the officer well.
"We're all shocked and surprised," Wiley said. "We investigate criminals, sometimes they wear blue uniforms."
News staff writer Jeremy Gray contributed to this report