TELL CITY, Ind. (WEHT) – An Indiana State Trooper was arrested in connection to a fire at his residence back in October.
State Trooper Jeremy Galloway, 44, faces charges of arson, insurance fraud, and arson with intent to defraud.
According to Indiana State Police, Galloway is currently on administrative leave without pay.
The fire happened on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at approximately 1:40 a.m.
It was first reported by a passerby in the 1200 block of Main St. in Tell City.
Investigators said it was quickly determined that two separate structure fires had been started on the property.
The house and an outbuilding sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, including the total destruction of two motorcycles.
Galloway was arrested Tuesday.
According to an affidavit, a third fire was started in a 2008 Ford Mustang parked under a carport.
Investigators said the fire was started inside the unlocked Mustang using Victory Motorcycle synthetic motor oil and cardboard taken from the outbuilding.
Galloway had previously ordered the motor oil from Amazon and the box was from the original box the motor oil was in when delivered, according to an affidavit.
According to the affidavit, this third fire did not burn extensively due to lack of oxygen.
Investigators determined that the three separate areas of fire did not spread or feed off the other and they were independently set.
“This has completely blindsided me,” said Jessica Alvey, who knew Galloway. The emotions of what happened at this main street house went from somber to shock.
“I don’t know all the answers, but I hope whatever the truth is we discover it, and let the process go from there.” she said.
Court records also show Galloway first told investigators he went home twice during his overnight shift before the fires and said he had no clues who started the fires, adding he didn’t have any recent threats or disagreements. Indiana State Police detectives also said an Automatic Vehicle Location signal on Galloway’s cruiser showed it at the home minutes before the fires showed up on surveillance video. Detectives also did a polygraph test on Galloway, and determined he was being deceptive when asked if he caused any of the fires, and if he knew for sure who caused them.
“I hate that it happened. I don’t know if he’d done it. I don’t know what he was thinking,” said Todd Kellems, who works at a business near where the fires happened.
Investigators found the fires in the house and shed started about the same time — and a window was open when the fire started. Alvey said Galloway messaged her earlier today, hours after his arrest
“I spoke with him a while ago and asked him, ‘Is there anything I could do for him?’ and he said, ‘Please just keep praying that the truth comes out,'” Alvey recalled.
“It ain’t for me to do the judging. I want to think he didn’t, but he’d been arrested, so I don’t know,” Kellems added.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 4, 2020)