Victim set on fire in Baxter Springs dies, officers burned
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Sharon Horn, 65, of Baxter Springs, passed away just before 7:00 a.m. at a Springfield Hospital on Saturday. Horn’s was injured after a man entered her home and began assaulting her, ultimately setting her and two Baxter Springs Police Officers on fire.
A third officer, along with the suspect, also sustained injuries during the incident, which occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The suspect and one Baxter Springs Police Officer continue to be hospitalized while the two other officers have since been treated and released.Initially the call came in as a domestic disturbance, but investigators have since determined the victim and suspect were acquaintances, but not involved in a domestic relationship.
The investigation is being conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Baxter Springs police officers were burned when they responded to a domestic disturbance.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's office, Baxter Springs Police Officers were dispatched to West 11th street in Baxter Springs around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. As officers arrived, a suspect threw fuel on a woman and two officers, catching them on fire. When a third officer arrived to try to put out the fire, he too was injured, along with the suspect.
Emergency medical personnel transported the victim, suspect and one Baxter Springs Police Officer to a Springfield Missouri Hospital. The two other Baxter Springs Police Officers are being treated at a hospital in Joplin.
The incident is under investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshall's Office.