A western Iredell County resident faces arson and animal cruelty charges in connection with a fire at a residence off Murdock Road in Troutman.

Herbert Morrison Jr.

The Troutman Police Department announced the arrest of Herbert Lee Morrison Jr., 39, of Oley Lane, Statesville, on social media.

Troutman Fire & Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 203 Old Murdock Road on Wednesday. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused significant damage to the home and caused the death of a dog.

TPD officers and an investigator with the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene, which was deemed suspicious, police said. The Charlotte Fire Department assisted by providing a canine trained in accelerant detection.

As a result of the investigation, TPD investigators obtained warrants charging Morrison with second-degree arson and cruelty to animals due to the death of the dog.

TPD officers and Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies located Morrison at a residence at 157 Oley Road, police said. The suspect was taken into custody after a foot pursuit.

Morrison was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he received a $200,000 bond.

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