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Former firefighter accused in second crime spree

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FRISCO, Texas -

A former Dallas firefighter was arrested Thursday after a crime spree and manhunt that prompted a school lockdown. And it's not his first brush with the law.

Police believe 39-year-old William Chad Coleman stole a Jeep from the driveway of a home in Frisco.

The homeowner, McKenzie Conroy, noticed it was missing.

Conroy's husband followed shoeprints in their driveway from Thursday's snow to a nearby vacant home, where he encountered Coleman. He told police he saw Coleman setting fire to a different vehicle outside that house, in the 12100 block of Jereme Trail.

Police said Coleman threatened Conroy's husband with a gun, so he ran away. A few minutes later, he saw Coleman drive by in the stolen Jeep.

Curtsinger Elementary School was placed on lockdown while police searched the area for the suspect.

Collin County Sheriff's deputies started following the stolen Jeep just outside the city limits of Frisco. They chased it into McKinney.

Coleman was arrested and booked into the Collin County Jail on charges of theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a habitation.

This is not the first time Coleman has been arrested. In March was accused of setting his fiancee's house on fire.

He was free on bond while awaiting trial in the case.

He was a firefighter in Dallas from 1999-2004, but was fired because of another aggravated assault case.

"It was pretty scary for my husband," said Conroy. "He could've been shot."

Coleman is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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