Family Disturbance Escalated to Arson
On April 6, 2010, at 8:40am, Lincoln Police were dispatched to 1910 N 57th Street on a disturbance in progress. A 73 year old woman called because her son, Thomas Wyman, was pounding on the door, wanting to come inside. She recently kicked him out of her residence based on concerns of drug abuse. At 8:45am, Officer Leedom and Sergeant Meyerson arrived to find Thomas Wyman splashing gasoline onto the backside of the residence. Then, in front of officers, he flicked a lit cigarette into the gas. The house and his own feet were set on fire. Officers physically fought with him before he was placed into custody. Meanwhile, three family members, that had been inside the home, escaped safely out the front door. Officer Kennett grabbed a nearby garden hose to suppress the fire until Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived.
Thomas Wyman was taken to a Lincoln hospital for evaluation. He suffered no serious injuries. Thomas was later lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for 1st degree Arson, three counts of Attempted Murder, Resisting Arrest and Fail to Comply.