Sex crime suspect charged with attempted murder after setting himself on fireBy Mason White 6:23 PM April 12, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man who was wanted for a sex crime, is now in a lot more trouble after setting himself on fire.
As officers tried to serve arrest warrants to a man suspected of sex crimes, he set himself on fire along with his home, according to police in South Carolina.
Larry Morris, 44, of Cowpens, was charged with attempted murder because police officers were in his home when he set it on fire.
Cowpens police tried to serve Morris with three arrest warrants for criminal sexual conduct at his home address in the 300 block of Old Pacolet Road at 3:30 a.m. on Monday.
Deputies arrived at the home and went inside the home. When they walked down the hallway, officers noticed fire coming from a back bedroom.
A deputy said that Morris came out of the room and at that point, it was obvious that he needed medical attention.
The deputy called an ambulance to the scene and Morris was taken to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
From there, he was transferred to the Augusta Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Georgia, where he was listed in stable condition.
The Cowpens Fire Department put out the fire, which caused damage to the home. The owner of the home was identified as Ray Paris.
Lt. Tony Ivey, with the Sheriff’s Office, said that investigators determined that Morris had intentionally set the fire.
In addition to the criminal sexual conduct charges, Morris was also charged with arson and five counts of attempted murder because officers and deputies were in the house when the fire was set.