ROOTSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A deputy serving felony warrants was seriously injured Thursday night when the suspect threw a flammable liquid on the officer and then set him on fire.
According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified deputy was taken to the burn unit at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. His condition was not available early Friday morning.
Deputies arrived at the suspect’s residence on the 3900 block of Ohio 44 in Rootstown at about 6:43 p.m.
As the deputy approached, the male suspect threw a container with flammable liquid at the deputy and quickly ignited it, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officers on the scene rushed to help the deputy, while other officers were able to grab the suspect.
The residence also caught on fire and was heavily damage, the sheriff’s office reports. Several other deputies had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The sheriff’s department says it will release more information on the incident at a later time.
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