Nashville arson suspect arrested on attempted murder charge in Robertson County

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The 22-year-old man suspected of setting fire to a Nashville duplex has been arrested in Robertson County on an attempted murder charge, according to investigators.

Justin Webb was booked into the Robertson County jail around 7 a.m. Tuesday on multiple charges, which also included felony reckless endangerment and possession of stolen property.

Justin Webb (Courtesy: Robertson County Sheriff’s Office)

A warrant alleges Webb followed a woman into her driveway in Coopertown Monday, then got out of his car and fired a gunshot at her, striking a nearby vehicle.

He then fired another bullet through the front glass of the woman’s car, as she got out and hid behind a camper, which was also struck by gunfire, according to the police report.

Coopertown police said the woman’s husband heard the commotion and observed his wife being shot at, so he grabbed his pistol and fired twice at Webb.

The warrant states Webb threw his gun down, raised his hands and got down on his stomach until police arrived and took him into custody.

While the woman was not struck by gunfire, officers said she suffered a panic attack and was evaluated by medics.

The victim and Webb have known each other for years and their relationship is “client based,” according to police.

The Nashville Fire Department had asked for the public’s help locating Webb, stating he was a suspect in a fire that was set intentionally around 4 a.m. Monday at a duplex on Brick Church Pike at Westchester Drive.

First responders said two people jumped from a second-story window to escape the fire.

One was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation, while the other was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center with a foot injury, according to firefighters.

Fire investigators said Webb, the third resident of the duplex unit, had left the scene before firefighters arrived and they were unable to locate him.

The fire department said Webb was wanted for questioning and was considered a suspect in the arson.

A spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department said the department has been in touch with Coopertown police regarding the investigation.

Webb remains in the Robertson County jail, where bond has not been set on the attempted murder charge.

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