Steve June 1, 2020

Police in Tennessee have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of setting fire to a historic courthouse in Nashville during protests on Saturday in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

A tweet from the Nashville police department identified the suspect as Wesley Somers.

Somers was charged with vandalism, disorderly conduct and felony arson for the fire Saturday evening that damaged the historic building.

BREAKING: Specialized Investigations Division detectives & SWAT officers moments ago arrested Wesley Somers, 25, on charges of felony arson, vandalism, & disorderly conduct for setting fire to Nashville’s Historic Courthouse Saturday night.

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 1, 2020

Somers was apparently one of three people seen in photos released by Nashville police causing damage to city buildings during Saturday’s demonstrations.

Nashville’s Historic Courthouse was the site of arson, burglary and vandalism Sat night. Tear gas was deployed to disperse the crowd. Do you know any of these 3 persons? Please call Crime Stoppers anonymously and receive a cash reward. 615-742-7463 or

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) May 31, 2020

— Jennifer Johnson (@un__anchored) June 1, 2020

A picture to better ID the guy

— Lucas Daggs (@lucasplays91) May 31, 2020

Another white man was seen on video setting paper on fire before tossing it through a broken window. This appears to be a different rioter and one of the first to set fire to the courthouse.

Current scene at the Metro Courthouse.

— Nashville Scene (@NashvilleScene) May 31, 2020

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