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According to Steve Neavling at Motor City Muckraker, Detroit fire investigators drew their weapons last (Sunday) night on a fireground and arrested Alex Haggart. Haggart is the fire videographer who shot video of an arson in progress and detained a female suspect earlier this month.
Haggart’s home was recently raided as investigators looked for evidence that the videographer illegally pulled a handgun on the arson suspect. Haggart was also in the news for providing the images that showed a Detroit Fire Department deputy chief visiting a bar in his department SUV.
Shortly after 10 p.m., officers surrounded and handcuffed Alex Haggart and a friend just after they arrived to document a commercial building fire at the border of Hamtramck and Detroit on the eve of Devil’s Night, the notorious period of arson on the night before Halloween.
“Hands! Hands! Hands!” an arson investigator shouted at Haggart, a contributor to Motor City Muckraker. “Let me see your hands!”
Haggart’s friend, who is a photojournalist, was detained in handcuffs for about an hour, even though he was not accused of a crime. He was questioned and later released.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a felony arrest warrant that alleges Haggart, 36, was carrying a gun with an expired concealed pistol license when he tried to make a citizen’s arrest earlier this month after catching a woman setting fire to a commercial building at Whittier and Lakepointe on Detroit’s east side.
Below is a July 2016 public affairs show on WJBK-TV where Alex Haggart talks about his work.