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Mayhem in Shelton

Arsonist captured at Shelton Inn - Sheriff's negotiator helps end standoff


February 23, 2023

Gordon Weeks

Authorities take Alexander Hoyle, at center in jacket, into custody after a brief standoff Friday at the Shelton Inn in downtown Shelton. Hoyle is accused of two counts of class A felony arson for setting fire last week to two Gethsemane Ministries properties in the county. Hoyle also allegedly stole a pickup truck and faces weapons and intimidation charges.

A suspected arsonist who authorities believe started two structure fires in the county last week was arrested after a standoff with police Friday at the Shelton Inn in downtown Shelton.

The suspect, Alexander Hoyle, 37, allegedly started fires at Gethsemane Ministries properties on West Pine Street in Shelton and East Misty Acres Road near Union.

The fires occurred in the early morning on Feb. 15 and Friday, respectively.

Hoyle was taken into custody and booked into Mason County Jail. He is charged with two counts of arson - a class A felony. Hoyle is also charged with four other felonies:...

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