Rockingham Arson Case Advances

Police: Defendant Lit Home On Fire In Domestic Dispute

Posted: February 22, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man accused of intentionally setting a fire in November that killed a cat and damaged a duplex was indicted Monday by a Rockingham County grand jury.

Justin Shipway, 23, was indicted on two counts of felony arson and one felony count of property destruction.

Following his indictment, he appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court. During the hearing, Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled Shipway to appear for pretrial motions on March 13.

On Nov. 17, Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputies say, a domestic dispute at 447 Diana Court, located just south of the city, occurred before the home caught fire.

Deputies say Shipway had been acting violently and damaged property inside and outside the home before setting the fire and fleeing on foot.

The fire started in the basement of the duplex and burned several rooms on that level.

Shipway’s mother called in the fire to emergency personnel before fleeing the home. Two people in the duplex’s adjacent residence also were able to safely evacuate.

No one was injured in the blaze.

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