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Self-proclaimed crime fighter says neighbors tried to kill him

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A local man said his neighbors tried to shoot him and then set his house on fire because he has been trying to rid the neighborhood of crime.

Terry Knighton said the violence started on Thursday at his home on 17th Avenue North in North Nashville.

Knighton told Nashville's News 2 that around 4 p.m. he was getting into a car with Melissa Knighton when his neighbor George Stewart, 55, came up to them and fired six to seven shots at their car. He said they were able to get away unharmed and contact police.

Police arrested Stewart for two counts of attempted homicide.

Stewart was booked into jail Thursday night around 6 p.m.

Shortly after the arrest, investigators believe someone set Knighton's duplex on fire while he wasn't home.

Firefighters said when they got there just after 7:30 p.m. flames were already coming out of the front door.

Knighton said he lost everything in the fire.

Knighton said this all started because he was just fed up with the crime, so he started calling police on anything suspicious. He said his grandchildren can't even safely play in the yard.

"I really feel that I was in the right taking a stand for where I live, and I was hoping to get my neighbors on board because last summer we had three shootings," Knighton said. "I want to just take a stand for something."

Cynthia McNeal, who rents the other half of the duplex, confronted Knighton about the fire. Her home was also damaged, mostly from smoke.

"You keep harassing people for no reason, and now because you are harassing people, we can't stay in our own place," Knighton said. "If you really care do what's right, don't hang out there with them and then turn around and call the police on them if you don't want to be involved in what they are doing."

Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started but they suspect arson.

As of early Friday, no one had been arrested for starting the fire.

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