Alcohol played a role in a violent fight that stemmed from fires being intentionally set early Easter morning at the Winfield City Lake, Cowley Undersheriff Christina McDonald said Tuesday.
Brandon Beyard, 26, of Winfield, was arrested on suspicion of arson and battery. Micheal Terry, 27, of Wichita, was arrested on suspicion of battery and criminal damage to property.
A third person, Austin Bustillos, of Redding, Calif., was treated for injuries sustained during the altercation at the scene, a Winfield police report states.
Cowley deputies, Winfield police, Winfield fire and EMS and two rural fire departments responded around 2:30 a.m. to a fire on the northeast side of the lake near 161st Road, where a fire was traveling east toward some structures, Winfield Fire Marshall Chad Mayberry confirmed.
The reporting party stated that the individual who started the fires was still at the lake causing a physical disturbance and damaging property, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Burden and Atlanta fire departments sent grass trucks to assist Winfield with the fires. A large number of separate fires were allegedly set by Beyard, Mayberry said.
Deputies took several reports from individuals at the Lake Permit Station. McDonald said multiple vehicles were also damaged during the fight.
Beyard and Terry were transported to the Cowley County Jail and released on bond. Beyard’s bond was $5,750 and Terry’s bond was $2,750.
The fires remain under investigation as of Tuesday.
Suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.