A second Mineral Wells suspect has been arrested on a charge of arson relating to a suspicious fire in the Wolters Industrial Park area.
Jeffrey Lynn Gulley, 30, of Mineral Wells, was arrested by Mineral Wells police about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on a Parker County warrant for arson, according to Mineral Wells Police Chief Mike McAllester.
“This was the person we interviewed Tuesday and released,” McAllester said.
McAllester said Gulley was named Tuesday morning as a possible participant in the Feb. 3 early morning fire on Hood Road and Division Loop that destroyed a two-story storage building.
Then Mineral Wells patrolman John Clifford Gore, 26, was detained around 2 a.m. Tuesday, minutes after three suspicious fires were reported in the area of Wolters Industrial Park, and later arrested that morning on three charges of arson.
Police said Gore cooperated and provided information on seven intentionally set fires, the three Tuesday morning fires and four previous ones, and on another possible suspect.
Though the fire on Hood Road was technically in Mineral Wells, that investigation was handed over to the Parker County Fire Marshal’s office, who offered to assist as local fire officials focused on the more immediate fires, according to McAllester.
McAllester said he expected Gore to be charged late Thursday with an additional count of arson involving the Feb. 3 fire. Gore reportedly resigned from the police department Wednesday.
Parker County officials informed the Mineral Wells police department they had a warrant Thursday afternoon and police arrested Gulley at his house, according to McAllester.
Gulley reportedly lives in the same neighborhood as Gore and is believed to have worked as a law enforcement officer in the past.
Information on his Facebook page states Gulley is a 1999 graduate of Mineral Wells High School.
Gulley was being held in the Mineral Wells jail Thursday evening. Bond had not yet been set.
According to information from the Palo Pinto County Jail, Gore was released from jail Thursday after posting bond.
Investigators will continue to look into several suspicious fires in the area, according to McAllester.
They have no information at this time that leads them to believe anybody else was involved in the fires but that could change as the investigation continues, McAllester said.
Additional charges on the two suspects are possible but it is too early to say, McAllester said.
He declined to comment on a possible motive but did say there was no indication at this point that it was an arson for hire.
“We were glad to have their help,” McAllester said, praising the willingness of Parker County fire officials to help in the investigations.
Further information from Parker County was unavailable Thursday evening.
Investigators are looking closely at seven other suspicious fires across Mineral Wells over the past two months, Mineral Wells Fire Marshal Joel Thompson confirmed Thursday. Most involved vacant buildings without electricity, including three structure fires within an hour of each other on Dec. 19.
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