Leonard Chad Rogers
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Georgia man accused of setting fire to gun shop with wife inside

A Monroe County man was arrested on arson charges after allegedly setting fire to his home while his wife was upstairs, authorities said.

Leonard Chad Rogers, 40, was arrested last week after allegedly starting the fire and then fleeing the scene in a blue Ford F-250.

Deputies responded to the Meadows Gun Club along Rumble Road in the city of Forsyth just before midnight on April 11, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The couple shared a home on the second floor of the pro shop at the gun club and shooting range, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Anna Lewis said.

The woman escaped the fire and crews extinguished the flames, but investigators determined the blaze was set intentionally and could smell gasoline that was apparently poured onto the stairs.

Deputies named Rogers as their suspect after he allegedly left the scene with a company credit card, according to the sheriff’s office report. He was arrested in Taylor County the next day and charged with one count of first-degree arson.

Rogers remains in the Monroe County jail without bond, records show. 

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