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Man arrested after setting police cruiser on fire following incident

A dramatic incident early Saturday morning led to the arrest of 52-year-old Schuyler Johnson from the town of Cambria. According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson collided head-on with a deputy’s patrol vehicle around 5 a.m. on Mapletown Road.

Deputy Sikora, whose vehicle was struck, witnessed Johnson retrieve a gas can from his truck and pour gasoline on the patrol vehicle before setting it ablaze. Deputy Sikora managed to extinguish the fire without sustaining any injuries.


Following the attack on the patrol vehicle, Johnson fled the scene, leading to a subsequent pursuit by the Sheriff’s patrol units. He was later involved in another accident, causing his vehicle to overturn on Shawnee Road. Captain Grainge located and confronted Johnson, who was armed with a knife and later a screwdriver.

Despite initial resistance, including ignoring verbal commands and advancing towards the officer, Johnson eventually surrendered after Captain Grainge deployed OC spray. Johnson was taken to E.C.M.C. for injuries from the two vehicle accidents and will face multiple charges upon discharge from the hospital.