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Florida Man Faces Charges of Trying to Burn Deputy's Home

February 19, 2016  | 

Daniel Hall faces charges of arson and burglary. (Photo: Pasco County SO)
Daniel Hall faces charges of arson and burglary. (Photo: Pasco County SO)

Following what he said was an attempt by a local man to burn a deputy's residence, Pasco County (FL) Sheriff Chris Nocco issued a warning to anyone who would attack his employees at their home: "If you try to break into our houses we will use any force necessary to stop you and drop you in your tracks."

Daniel Hall is facing charges of arson and burglary after authorities say he attempted to burn down Deputy Ryan Lennox’s home while his family and K9 Jango were sleeping.

Nocco says Hall spotted Lennox's take-home patrol car and entered the deputy’s porch where he tried to use a lighter to ignite the furniture. Fortunately, the furniture was wet from the deputy's sprinkler system. "He was only able to get a small fire going," said Nocco.

The sheriff says Hall then knocked on the deputy’s door while patting the fire out.

Hall was taken into custody.

A friend of Hall’s says the 30-year-old needs help. "He’s got a lot of mental disabilities and mental problems I don’t understand why he did what he did," Charles Nicholson told WTSP TV.

Comments (7)

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HowBoutYa @ 2/20/2016 5:14 PM

A friend of subject HALL was quoted as saying "He’s got a lot of mental disabilities and mental problems I don’t understand why he did what he did,"
Well let me enlighten you friend. Your mentally disturbed buddy probably lives a lot of his life through the television. You can not hardly watch an hour of TV without the lopsided media whores making ALL POLICE look like evil monsters. Let's drill down even more. Why do the majority of the media want to make LEO'S look so bad? 1)because they can? 2)because it makes them money? 3)because they got a ticket one time and have an axe to grind? I really don't know. I can't understand why these bloodsuckers want to make a group, in which the majority of us do this thankless job to try and make life better for everyone in this country, out to be evil, nasty people. Bottom line is, without LEO'S doing this job, that no-one else wants to do, but most love to criticize, this country would be a lawless hell-hole. The critics have no idea what we see everday so that they don't have too. Yet, it has to be done and we still do it. Even when someone attempts to harm our family by burning our house down.

WellHello @ 2/20/2016 7:35 PM


It sounds like you might need to look for a new job or at least seek counseling. You seem paranoid.

wvscorchy @ 2/21/2016 4:31 AM

WellHello This is what our LEOs experience ... not paranoia. Full report available on internet.
FBI Releases 2014 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted October 19, 2015

Of the 51 officers feloniously killed in 2014, 11 were killed while answering disturbance calls, nine were conducting traffic pursuits/stops, seven were ambushed, seven were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, five were conducting investigative activities (such as surveillances, searches, or interviews), four were killed in arrest situations, four were involved in tactical situations, and three were handling persons with mental illnesses. One officer was killed in an unprovoked attack.
Offenders used firearms to kill 46 of the 51 victim officers. Four officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons, and one was killed with personal weapons such as hands, fists, or feet.
In 2014, of the 48,315 officers assaulted while performing their duties, 13,673 were injured.

HowBoutYa @ 2/21/2016 9:09 AM

@WellHello, it is so nice to know of your concern. Counseling??? LOL, No thanks I'm good. LMAO, Paranoid??? I would prefer to look at it as Being Ultra Aware Of My Surroundings. As an LEO, we have to be in continuous code yellow. If not, we end up injured or worse. I also love how you jump to conclusions, just like the media. 1) this article hit very close to home for me. 2) I, as many of my brothers and sisters, have learned not to trust the media. We have been on scenes where there is not much to report on, then watch the news later and the media has just made up their own sensationalized story. Why? Like I said before, I'm not sure. I see it as just plain lies. 3) if you are an LEO, you might try being a bit more aware, and not just of your surroundings.

Percy @ 2/21/2016 6:40 PM

@ HowBoutYa
1 Most mentally disturbed people don't actually spend much time in front of a TV, what is going on in their heads is far more entertaining. The fact that you think so and that would be watching the news further proves the fact that most of you have no training in such matters.

2 The police blaming the media for their woes is asinine. The fact that now even citizens with a phone can record your transgressions seems to be catching up to a group so used to having it their own way for so long.

3 Your country is a lawless hell hole.

4 You all talk about "the things we see every day" and we're just supposed to believe that abstract idea. The things that "I see you guys doing everyday" is not so abstract.

5 You don't have to be in continuous code yellow, you choose it and that is why you are all so aggressive and unwilling to try to d-escalate.

6 Every time I read about an unarmed minority being gunned down by police, I and my brothers and sisters know not to trust police.

HowBoutYa @ 2/21/2016 9:13 PM

Dear Percy, Gosh..... thank you so very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your incredible wisdom with me. Golly-Gee....It is obvious to everyone viewing this page that you are quite the expert on law enforcement in the United States. Gee-Wiz..... I can't wait to see what inspirational, educational, nonsense you have for us next time, slugger. Listen real hard at the dinner table tomorrow night, maybe mommy and uncle daddy will have some new, big boy words, for you to share with us. Sadly tough, I won't be able to respond to any of your future BS as I refuse to waste another second of my free time on your jackass. Good luck with whatever happened in your life that makes you hate good, honest, brave, men and women that, even though you are who you are, would risk our life to protect yours.

Percy @ 2/21/2016 10:34 PM


As is always the case with you and those like you
1 You attack me personally.

2 You never respond to any of the points I make.

3 You insult my family.

4 You assume things about me personally and you are always wrong.

5 As I am pushing 60 you should try having a little respect for your elders.

6 Your assertion that I hate all in law enforcement is utter garbage. I know there are
lots of really good people in law enforcement, I also know there are lots of bad people
in law enforcement. And this next point I'm not sure of but I get a sense that maybe
about 20-25% in le are there because they couldn't do anything else and
gave it a try, they could go either way.
7 The age old garbage that you people hang onto about "a few bad apples" is being dis proven every day. Think CLEARLY about some of the high profile cases of unarmed people being shot and tell me if it weren't for 3rd party video (Michael Slager) or dash/lapel cam (Ray Tensing) that these cases would be cleared.

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