Kansas man guilty of trying to kill firefighters, police

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A northeast Kansas man has been found guilty of setting a house fire and trying to kill emergency personnel who pulled him from the burning building.

The Kansas City Star reports a Johnson County jury on Friday convicted 59-year-old William J. Outhet Jr. of arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Police and firefighters reported hearing several loud booming sounds when they arrived at Outhet's Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh) home on Feb. 1, 2013. Prosecutors later charged Outhet with firing shots as the responders arrived.

No emergency responders were injured, but firefighters found Outhet unconscious inside the home with a shotgun across his chest. Investigators also said the fire had been intentionally set and that other firearms were positioned around the house.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 1.


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