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Video: PA Deputy Burned by Molotov Cocktail, Suspect Facing Attempted Murder Charges

August 10, 2017  | 

VIDEO: PA Deputy Burned by Molotov Cocktail, Suspect Facing Attempted Murder Charges

A Collingdale, PA, man is being charged with attempted first degree murder and assault on a law enforcement officer after reportedly tossing a Molotov cocktail at Delaware County sheriff’s officers and setting a sergeant on fire Wednesday afternoon, reports CBS.

Sheriff Mary McFall-Hopper says Sgt. Nicholas Maraini was at the door of Jeromy Jones' home serving a probation warrant, when “he opened the door, threw out a incendiary device that hit Sgt. Maraini, and he caught on fire.”

Fellow officers threw Maraini to the ground and rolled him to put out the flames. He was rushed to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was treated for second and third degree burns.

The suspect charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy who was trying to serve a warrant on him in Collingdale has been arraigned on attempted murder charges,

Jones was charged with attempted first degree murder and assault on a law enforcement officer and other related charges. Following arraignment Jones was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $1 million cash bail. He faces a preliminary hearing scheduled on August 22, reports the Delaware County Daily Times.

"I didn’t meant it," Jones said as he was led into court Thursday morning.

Sgt. Maraini was released Thursday afternoon and is now recovering at home.


Comments (6)

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deputy moose @ 8/10/2017 6:42 PM

What a POS. One can only hope the CJS gives him his due.

gary pumphrey @ 8/10/2017 6:49 PM

Heal well officer. He should receive a dealt penalty for this murder attempt. Someday the law will be changed.

Anthony @ 8/10/2017 8:17 PM

"...I didn't mean it..." Really??? I wonder if that can be used as a defense in court. I know.....he was lighting himself a cigarette and the Sergeant happen to be wearing a shirt laced with gasoline. Or, he was offering the officers a special dessert which is on fire and it got out of hand? Our prayers are for Sergeant Maraini and his speedy recovery and also for his family. The laws need to be changed so ANY assault on a Police Officer is met with guaranteed, swift punishment.

Anthony @ 8/10/2017 8:17 PM

"...I didn't mean it..." Really??? I wonder if that can be used as a defense in court. I know.....he was lighting himself a cigarette and the Sergeant happen to be wearing a shirt laced with gasoline. Or, he was offering the officers a special dessert which is on fire and it got out of hand? Our prayers are for Sergeant Maraini and his speedy recovery and also for his family. The laws need to be changed so ANY assault on a Police Officer is met with guaranteed, swift punishment.

Jim @ 8/10/2017 8:42 PM

Lethal force should be met with lethal force. During the Palestinian riots in the mid-90's, Israeli snipers on over-watch took out anyone seen throwing a firebomb or grenade at Israeli police or military personnel. That should be the doctrine here in the States during our riots. A firebomb can be just as deadly as a bullet.

Ed Wezain @ 8/11/2017 7:20 AM

Imagine the protests and national news stories if a police officer had set a black man on fire. The Reverends Jesse and Al would be there along with a team from the FBI conducting a civil rights investigation. The NAACP and other liberal organizations would be demanding the officers immediate incarceration. Instead a liberal defense attorney will come to defend this guy and claim he railroaded when some flan he was flaming for desert accidentally spilled on the officer serving the warrant.

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