GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) - A man who is accused of starting a fire that destroyed a Granby house pointed a pellet gun at officers, police say.
In a news release sent to 22News, Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart said Scott Szaban, 45, of Granby, was arrested Thursday night following a long investigation into a September 27 house fire.
According to Wishart, a warrant was obtained for Szaban's arrest following an investigation by ATF agents, as well as state and town police and Granby firefighters. He is charged with arson of a dwelling for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed a vacant house at 92 Chicopee Street. Firefighters from Ludlow, South Hadley, Palmer, and Westover Air Reserve Base had to be called in to put out that fire.
When officers arrived at Szaban's East State Street home around 8:00 Thursday night, Wishart says the suspect was armed with what appeared to be a rifle with a laser sight. He pointed the weapon toward the officers, but put the weapon down when they identified themselves, Wishart said. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
Szaban was ordered held without the right to bail during his arraignment Friday morning at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. He will have a bail hearing on February 17.