UPDATED 2:45 p.m. 7/27/2014
According to Capt. Jack Morris with Enid Police, A juvenile gave a full confession to the arson of the patrol car.
The juvenile was arrested and court ordered into a detention center.
ENID, Okla. – Residents say they woke up to flashing lights and flames, but couldn’t tell what was on fire.
Black soot and ash are all that’s left in the spot where the patrol car was once parked.
Residents say it’s a haunting reminder that things are changing in their neighborhood.
Skeeter Trainor has lived in the neighborhood for fifty years and says “Things aren’t safe anywhere anymore.”
Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles says the fire resulted in a complete loss of the vehicle and the equipment.
He says an accelerant was sprayed on both the back and the front of the car.
Niles said that the car got so hot that the front bumper completely melted.
Even though the arsonist targeted one of his deputy’s cars, the Sheriff says he’s not scared for the safety of his deputies.
He says he’s more concerned with how much this disrespectful vandal cost taxpayers.
“It’s not our money, it’s the citizens money,” said Nile. ” It’s creating a little bit of a financial burden on all of the citizens in the county.”
Shelley Guthrie saw the fire and agrees with the sheriff.
She says she hopes this vandal pays for what they did.
“It just shows that there are a lot of people in this world who have absolutely no respect for other people. I just hope they catch who ever did it and put them in jail,” Guthrie said.