The son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy was arrested on Wednesday in connection with fires that burned three historically black churches over the past two weeks, the police said.
Holden Matthews, 21, was booked in St. Petersburg. Landry Parish on suspicion of arson, according to KATC-TV, referring to sources of law enforcement. Matthews is the son of deputy St Landry Roy Matthews. The authorities did not release a suspect's shot.
The first fire occurred last month at the Baptist Church of St. Mary in Port Barry on March 26. The second took place on April 2 in the Baptist Church of the Great Union in Opelus, the latter came two days later in the Baptist Church Mount Pleasant, also in Opelousas.
After observing the crime scenes and speaking with the investigators, Clay Higgins, R-La., Told the New York Times that "the method
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Three churches of predominantly black congregation were empty during the fire, and no injuries were recorded. The NAACP called church burning "internal terrorism" and racially motivated.
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The authorities stated that "will announce significant updates" during the investigation during the interagency press conference on Thursday morning.
Fox News Lucas Michelionis and the Associated Press contributed to this report.