Nashville Fire Department searching for arson suspects

Police are searching for this man after he damaged Nashville's Historic Courthouse during Saturday night's protests.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Authorities are searching several people for setting fires or vandalizing properties in Nashville during Saturday night's protests.  

Metro Nashville Police are searching for a man who set a fire at Nashville's Historic Courthouse.

Police said officers had to deploy tear gas multiple times to disperse the crowd.

Nashville Fire Department searching for arson suspects

Police are searching for this man after he set a fire at the Nashville's Historic Courthouse during Saturday night's protests.

Police have setup a special email address for information, photos, and video related to the "arson attack on the Historic Courthouse." The email is NashvilleArsonInvestigation2020@nashville.gov

Police released a video of a man, who they believe is responsible for spray painting/damaging the Music City Center and likely other buildings. He was wearing a distinct backpack. 

The Nashville Fire Department is working to determine who started several fires at various locations in downtown Nashville on Saturday night.  

Fires were set at the following locations:

Nashville Historic Courthouse

  • 1 Public Square Nashville, TN 37201

Boot Barn

  • 318 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

Margaritaville

  • 322 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

The Stage

  • 412 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

Anyone with information about the person or people who set the fires should call the Nashville Fire Department Arson Hotline at 615-862-5640.

Police are also looking for a man and a woman after they damaged Nashville's Historic Courthouse during the protests.

Nashville Fire Department searching for arson suspects

Police are searching for this man after he set a fire at the Nashville's Historic Courthouse during Saturday night's protests.

Nashville Fire Department searching for arson suspects

Police are searching for this woman after she damaged Nashville's Historic Courthouse during Saturday night's protests.

Surveillance video from inside Big Time Boots shows a crowd smashing the door and making their way inside, as well as two men trying to start a fire inside. Owner Ed Smith who had several expensive boots stolen from his shelves.

People with information can also call the state Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. You can remain anonymous and receive an award up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction. 

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