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Man sets fire to cabin, argues with parents, assaults deputy

The deputy required hospital treatment after the assault.

A sheriff's deputy in St. Louis County was assaulted by a man suspected of setting fire to a cabin Sunday around lunchtime.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office was called to the fire in Cotton, Minnesota, just before 1 p.m., and found the cabin fully ablaze.

As deputies were on their way, another call came in stating that the man who had allegedly started the fire was also arguing with his parents at the scene.

When the first deputy got there, the suspect – a 44-year-old Cotton man – proceeded to assault him. In the end, a Taser and pepper spray had to be used to subdue him.

Both the suspect and the deputy required hospital treatment, with the deputy later released.

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The fire was extinguished by firefighters from Ellsburg and Cotton, though the cabin was a total loss.

The suspect has been booked into jail on charges of felony assault on a peace officer and 1st degree arson.

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