Search underway for arson, shooting suspect last seen near Payson

Authorities are on the hunt for a man they say set fires and tried to shoot a forest services employee.

FOREST LAKES, Ariz. - Coconino County Sheriff's Department needs your help finding the man seen in the above video.

Authorities say he allegedly set fires in the Canyon Point Campground near Payson, northeast of the Valley, on Monday night.

He then allegedly fired at a Forest Service fire prevention officer Tuesday morning with a handgun and a shotgun at close rage. Deputies say he missed the officer.

Deputies have not released his name or determined a motive. They believe he knows the area well.

The Coconino County Sheriff, Jim Driscoll, says the man is still on the loose. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and dark pants with a green backpack.

Anyone with information, should call 911 and not approach the man.

 

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