REGIONAL: Salisbury man charged with arson, assaulting firefighters

Published 10:43 am Saturday, February 16, 2019

By Shavonne Walker, Salisbury Post

A Salisbury man faces felony charges after authorities say he set fire to his parents’ camper and assaulted firefighters who were extinguishing the fire.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Christopher Allen Pittman, 27, of the 200 block of Timberlake Court, with felony second-degree arson; misdemeanor assault on a government official; misdemeanor injury to personal property; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule IV; misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance Schedule II; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Officials said about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to assist firefighters who had responded to a structure fire at the Salisbury home.

Members of the Miller’s Ferry Fire Department had to take control of Pittman, who tried to stop them from putting out the fire, a report said.

He had Xanax and hydrocodone in a glass smoking pipe, it said. He initially said he used the pipe to smoke meth and later said he used the pipe to store crushed pills, according to the report.

The fire was in a makeshift addition where a camper was built onto an outside shell. Pittman’s mother, Valaria Pittman, said she returned home from work when he used a nail gun to barricade himself in the camper.

Pittman then asked if law enforcement was at the house. When he unsecured the door, his father, Robert Pittman, was able to get a gun from his son.

Christopher Pittman told his father if he wanted anything from the camper, he’d better get it, then set fire to the camper, authorities said.

Robert Pittman tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, but Christopher Pittman tried to keep him from putting it out, a report said.