Shelby Ligons faces felony charge in courthouse vandalism

Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 18:53:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A woman faces a federal charge for starting a fire in the Historic Metro Courthouse during a destructive protest in downtown Nashville in early June.

Police officials identified the woman in cell phone video from the protest as 22-year-old Shelby Ligons. The video shows the woman light a poster on fire then put it in one of the ground-floor offices through a smashed window.

Metro Nashville Police asked for the public's help in identifying the woman back in June. She is one of the multiple demonstrators who were arrested and charged in connection to the destruction caused that night.

Metro Police officials said Ligons was arrested Tuesday by the FBI and charged with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. She was taken to U.S. District Court to be processed.


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