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OKC man accused of setting father on fire

OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is arrested for allegedly setting his own father on fire.

The incident took place Monday night at the family’s home near S.W. 49th St. and Penn. Ave.

Police said the crime all started over some loud music.

“The man said he had told his son to turn down the stereo and the son became angry with him,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. 

Police said the son grabbed a gas can used to power generators in the backyard and doused his dad in fuel, then set the 60-year-old man ablaze.

“All I saw was fire somebody walking in fire and it was my husband,” the victim’s wife, Tammy Smith, said. “He couldn’t get the cloths off fast enough.”

Tammy said the man survived only because he got his burned cloths off so fast.

Those charred cloths now sit in a pile in the front yard.

“I thought my husband was going to die right there, I really did,” she said. “I thought I was going to lose my husband.”

Police arrested 38-year-old David Smith for the crime.

He’s now accused of arson and attempted murder.

“Because he was attempting to set the man on fire to cause his death, he has numerous charges placed on him one was attempted murder,” Knight said.

“I just hope he gets the help he needs,” Smith said.

Tammy said the victim said he doesn’t want to press charges, but the suspect is behind bars at the Oklahoma County jail.

The victim suffered serious burns to his arms and legs.

He has been released from the hospital.


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