Police have arrested a man believed to have set fire to Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in the city of Phoenix last week, officials said Wednesday.
The shooting – which police say was set up by 29-year-old Matthew Egler – happened in the early hours of Friday morning near Central Avenue and Thomas Street, causing “substantial damage to the building,” the Phoenix police said in a statement Wednesday.
In a tweet announcing the arrest of the suspected fire, Phoenix police posted a surveillance video of flames erupting in the building and a man calmly walking away from the fire, stopped for a while to turn around and look at the fresh shade, before getting into the parked car.
It was not immediately clear if Egler was hired a lawyer or when it will be his first appearance in court.
Arizona has been honored for decades, having voted for only two Democratic presidential nominees ̵1; Bill Clinton in 1996 and Harry S. Truman in 1948 – since Franklin D. Roosevelt left office.
But next November, Arizona will be a crucial state for control of the U.S. White House and Senate. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a close race for the state’s 11th electoral vote, while Senate nominee Martha McSally is in a tough contest against the candidate Democrat Mark Kelly.