Deputy’s cousin sets fire to police cruiser

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that on Wednesday, February 9th 2022, shortly after 2:30 a.m. S.C.S.O. patrol deputies responded to another S.C.S.O. deputy’s radio call for assistance that his fully-marked Dodge Charger Police car was on fire in the 200 block of W. Oakland Street St. Rose, L.A.
As deputies arrived at the scene, the deputy assigned to the police unit was actively trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. Shortly after, the St. Rose Fire Department arrived, and after the fire was completely extinguished, it was determined that the vehicle sustained heavy damage.
During the course of the investigation, S.C.S.O. detectives learned that the deputy had a verbal altercation earlier in the day with his cousin.
S.C.S.O. detectives were able to identify and locate the deputy’s cousin. The cousin self-admitted to the incident and stated that he has been in and out of mental intuitions for years.
Based on the investigation, detectives were able to obtain sufficient evidence to secure a felony arrest warrant for Justin Snavely for La R.S. 14:52 (Simple Arson) and booked him into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center. According to the state statute, whoever commits the crime of simple arson, where the damage done amounts to five hundred dollars or more, shall be fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars and imprisoned at hard labor for not more than fifteen years.
If anyone has any additional information regarding the incident, witnessed any suspicious activity, and/or has any video surveillance in the area, they are urged to contact Detective Charles Floyd of the S.C.S.O. at (985) 783-1135 or contact (985) 783-6807.
Sheriff Champagne would like to thank the St. Rose Fire Department and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office for their quick response and services.