Suspect in arson which injured police officer is captured in South Florida




Brandi Gaddis | Photo provided by Bainbridge Public Safety
Brandi Gaddis | Photo provided by Bainbridge Public Safety
Brandi Gaddis | Photo provided by Bainbridge Public Safety

20-year-old Brandi Renee Gaddis, who was previously identified as a suspect in an August 2014 arson in Bainbridge, was captured the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 13 at approximately 6:30 a.m. in Broward County, Fla., according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

Bainbridge Public Safety had previously said Gaddis was a suspect in an August 16, 2014 fire that was intentionally set at 516 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bainbridge. Gaddis allegedly made statements to a witness on the day of the fire indicating she was angry with one of the home’s residents for not assisting her during an altercation, according to a BPS incident report.

While helping fight the fire, BPS officer Shannon Dunaway was injured when a wooden porch overhang fell. Dunaway was hospitalized and is reportedly still recovering from the incident at home.

The residence at 516 MLK Jr. Drive was severely damaged by the fire and a used car business adjacent to the residence reported that five vehicles were damaged by the fire, according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

Last week, Bainbridge Public Safety had released a wanted poster with Gaddis’ picture, offering a potential reward to anyone who provided information leading to her arrest and conviction. It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone qualified to receive the reward money.

Gaddis’ capture was attributed to the combined efforts of Douglas County Law Enforcement, Broward County Law Enforcement Fugitive Unit, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, and Bainbridge Public Safety. Gaddis was arrested in Broward County and will be extradited to Decatur County, Georgia.




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