Cumberland man arrested in Pear Street arson, police assault

Shaun Aaron Brooks

CUMBERLAND — A city man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly set fire to various items inside a Pear Street residence, according to the Cumberland Police Department.

Shaun Aaron Brooks, 41, was taken into custody in the 200 block of Pear Street after Cumberland Police officers and city firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire.

Brooks was found throwing items from a second-story window when officers arrived and found smoke coming from the dwelling. Smoke alarms inside the residence were reportedly activated when first responders arrived.

Police found an open door at the rear of the property and then encountered Brooks as he continued to light objects on fire. Ordered to stop, Brooks failed to comply and struggled with officers who attempted to take him into custody.

One officer was assaulted but did not require medical attention, police said.

After the arrest was made, firefighters were able to enter and extinguish the fires. Some of the fires were extinguished by occupants who fled the structure after Brooks reportedly became enraged, police said.

Brooks was charged with the felony charge of first-degree arson and numerous misdemeanors, including multiple counts of intoxicated endangerment, malicious destruction of property more than $1,000, obstructing firefighters, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.

Brooks remained jailed Thursday without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Cumberland Police and the Cumberland Fire Department were assisted at the scene by the Allegany County's Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

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