LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s reserve deputy is being honored for arresting the man suspected of starting dozens of fires over the holidays.READ MORE: VA Provides Veterans Experiencing Homelessness With Showers, Meals At Mini Tent City
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday honored deputy Shervin Lalezary, who arrested 24-year-old Harry Burkhart last week.
Lalezary was on his normal patrol in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue on Jan. 2 when he spotted Burkhart.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Extends Drought Emergency Declaration Statewide
“Thank you to the two officers who backed me up,” Lalezary said at a news conference last week. “As soon as I put on my lights and initiated a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle, I had an LAPD vehicle behind me ready to go.”
Lalezary’s sharp eye and quick response led to Burkhart’s capture, as well as the end of a string of arson attacks.
Burkhart is charged with 37 counts of arson in connection with more than 50 fires set across Los Angeles and Hollywood.MORE NEWS: New Parking Structure Opens At LAX
Authorities in Canada are investigating whether he is responsible for a series of arson fires there.