Trooper arrested for Tell City arson, insurance fraud

From Local Sources


TELL CITY — Authorities took an Indiana State Police trooper into custody today on felony counts of arson and insurance fraud.

The charges relate to a fire reported by a passerby at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the 1206 Main St., Tell City, home of 44-year-old Trooper Jeremy Galloway.

On that date, the Tell City Volunteer Fire Department determined there were actually two separate structure fires on the property, involving both the home and an outbuilding. Prior to the fires being extinguished, the house sustained heavy smoke and fire damage and the outbuilding, which contained two motorcycles, was totally destroyed.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene by the Tell City fire department to conduct an investigation. The Fire Marshal’s investigator preliminarily determined the fire was caused by arson and a criminal investigation was initiated by the Indiana State Police in Jasper.

After a lengthy and thorough investigation, the state police reported, investigators presented the case to the Perry County Prosecutor’s Office on Jan. 21. An arrest warrant was issued today charging Galloway with two Level 4 felony counts of arson, a Level 5 felony count of insurance fraud and a Level 6 felony count of arson with intent to defraud.

Galloway was taken into custody without incident today by state police and incarcerated in the Perry County Jail. He is currently on administrative leave without pay.

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