Cop car set on fire as officers were inside in protest-hit Seattle

Cop car set on fire as officers were inside in protest-hit Seattle

A cop car was set ablaze while officers were inside in Seattle today as shocking pictures show the burned shell gutted by the fire.

On Thursday, the images emerged on Twitter and showed the destroyed vehicle after it was lit on fire in Washington state.

Local police tweeted: Seattle PD has one in custody in the area of Dexter Av and John St after suspect set fire to a police vehicle while officers were inside. PIO is on the scene.

One person has been booked for allegedly torching the cop car on Thursday afternoon in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

The location of the attack was around Dexter Avenue and John Street today, where police choppers were filmed circling.

Cop cars have been targeted in Seattle before amid violent clashes between protesters and police.

“Black Lives Matter” demonstrations and riots erupted in the wake of “George Floyd’s” police custody death on May 25.

On May 30, a felon from Georgia with a domestic violence conviction and no-contact order in Washington State is accused of setting a patrol car on fire during a downtown riot and has since been charged, prosecutors say.

Tyre Wayne Means Jr was allegedly filmed lighting a paper towel and placing it in the back of a Seattle Police patrol car before stealing a “firearm”.

He lost the rifle in a fight and it was returned to Seattle PD during the May riot, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

Thanks to everyone who helped get this suspect identified and into custody, cops tweeted.

The U.S. Attorney Brian T Moran said: This is just the latest in a series of cases where our office has brought federal criminal charges related to civil disorder and should be a wake-up call for those who think they can commit crimes hidden by a crowd.

Federal law enforcement and local police are piecing together the publicly available video and photographic evidence to identify and ultimately prosecute those who thought they could escape accountability for their actions.

In this case, it means a felon, who is legally barred from possessing firearms, now faces tough federal sanctions.

Tyre Wayne Means Jr was charged with arson Credit: US Attorney's Office
Tyre Wayne Means Jr was charged with arson Credit: US Attorney’s Office

Means Jr was booked in Bremerton where he was meeting with his Washington State Department of Corrections probation officer.

He was charged with four federal felonies: arson, possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Arson is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and up to 20 years in prison, while all three firearms charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Means Jr made his first court appearance today at 2PM local time.