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Authorities: Man set house fire, got trapped inside, then tried to take deputy’s gun
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Aaron Dunagan

A Gainesville man is accused of getting stuck inside a mobile home fire he started, then attempting to take his neighbor’s car and later a deputy’s gun, according to authorities.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Aaron Bentley Dunagan, 36, set multiple fires inside a Vaughndale Circle mobile home.

Lt. Scott Ware said Dunagan lived at the residence, but the warrants filed at the Hall County Courthouse claim the house belonged to someone else.

“He became trapped inside after setting the fire and broke a window to get out. His injuries included second-degree degree burns and several cuts,” Ware said.

Dunagan then allegedly attempted to steal his next-door neighbor’s 2009 Mitsubishi Galant, which he entered while “bleeding excessively … throughout said vehicle,” according to authorities and the warrants.

“When deputies made contact with Dunagan, he was incoherent and refused to obey deputies’ (lawful) commands. At one point, he attempted to gain control of the arresting deputies’ firearm,” Ware said.

The Gainesville man was then taken to an Atlanta hospital before coming back to Hall County.

Dunagan was charged with first-degree arson, entering auto, second-degree criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, misdemeanor obstruction and attempting to remove the weapon of a public official. He was booked Wednesday, May 2, in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

No bond has been set for the arson and weapons charges, and a collective $15,650 bond was set for the other charges.

Ware deferred to Hall County Fire Services regarding damage to the mobile home. Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said the home was a total loss. He didn't have an official estimate of the cost of damage.

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