Wednesday, March 21, 2012 , Updated 10:52 a.m., March 21, 2012
UPDATED: Suspect arrested in firebombing of Fort Worth office of Sen. Wendy Davis
Cedric Steele is being held on $50,000 bond.
An investigation into the firebombing of state Sen. Wendy Davis' Fort Worth office on Tuesday has begun.
The incident occurred at Davis' district office at about 4 p.m. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, incendiary materials were lobbed at the front door to the office, starting a small fire that was quickly contained by one of two staffers in the office. No one was injured, including Davis, who was at her law office downtown at the time. (Find video and photos of the scene here.)
[UPDATE: According to NBCDFW, Fort Worth police have arrested Cedric Steele and charged him with arson for the firebombing of Davis' office. Steele had reportedly visited the office twice in the past week looking to speak with Davis.]
According to the Star-Telegram, fire officials have started an arson investigation. Though a maintenance worker tried to chase the individual who threw the devices, investigators don't have a description of the suspect yet.
At a press conference outside the office on Tuesday night, Davis called the attack "alarming and very scary." But she said it was too early to determine whether the attack was politically motivated.
"Texas is facing some tremendous challenges right now," she said. "It's unfortunate when things like this happen in the public arena, and it reminds us of how important it is for us to remain very civil in our discourse."
Davis has recently emerged as one of the more visible Democratic state lawmakers, famously filibustering state lawmakers into a special session over education funding in June. A former Fort Worth City Council member, she also recently won a redistricting fight that pitted her against Republican plans to draw her out of office.
"It's a sad but true fact of public service that we have to feel concerned sometimes for our personal safety," Davis said Tuesday. "But we can't let that stop us."
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Story updated by PegNews wire.
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