Person of Interest in Custody in Arson Fire that Killed Three People

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that a person of interest was in custody in connection with an arson fire that left three people dead.

But the department is not calling Terrill Normand a suspect.

The fire started early Tuesday morning in the stairway leading to a second floor apartment on Harvard Avenue in Metairie.

Three people died in the fire.  A fourth person escaped by jumping from a window.

According to the JPSO, Normand set the fire.

“This particular individual had an infatuation with one of the victims,” Sheriff Newell Normand, no relation to the suspect, said Wednesday afternoon.  “We expect, unless there’s some circumstance that we’re not aware of, that there could be charges of first degree murder as it relates to the three individuals who were the victims in this case.”

WGNO News recorded video of deputies taking Terrill Normand into custody at the scene of the fire.  At the time, there was no confirmation from the department that he had any connection to the case.

But at least one neighbor at the time said he believed Terrill Normand was connected to the case.

“He’s always been a trouble maker.  He always comes over here and starts trouble.  He used to come to my house, and I’d say, ‘As soon as you start your foolishness, you’ve got to go’,” said neighbor Ricky Jackson.

Sheriff Newell Normand would not comment on any specifics in the case except to say the department was looking at several pieces of independent evidence.