West Point Woman Charged with Arson and Attempted Murder

West Point Police have arrested a woman on numerous charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault and a separate arson incident.

On Wednesday evening around 6:15 p.m., officers with the West Point Police Department arrested Wanda Michelle Buckner, of West Point, after she turned herself in on warrants from an assault that allegedly took place on August 25, 2017.

Buckner was charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sodomy, Aggravated Assault, two counts of Battery, Reckless Conduct, and Criminal Trespass.

Buckner was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail and held without bond.

In the meantime, investigators determined that Buckner was also involved with a fire that occurred two days earlier in West Point.

Prior to Buckner’s arrest, the West Point Fire Department and West Point Police responded to a fire at an apartment duplex in the 1400 block of Avenue K.

At the time, the fire appeared to be suspicious in nature, so West Point Police requested assistance from a LaGrange Police Department Arson Investigator. Police then began a joint investigation with both agencies and the fire department in order to determine the cause of the fire.

Police say the investigation revealed that the residence was intentionally set on fire by Buckner. Police also determined that both homes were occupied by multiple persons when the fire was set.

Fortunately, none of the occupants were injured during the fire.

As a result of the investigation, Buckner, age 44, was additionally charged with five counts of Criminal Attempted Murder and two counts of First Degree Arson.

Buckner is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where she was denied bond.

Both incidents are still under active investigation by the West Point Police Department.

If anyone has any additional information on these incidents, please contact the West Point Police Department at 706-645-3551 or 706-645-3548 or the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.