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Video: Texas Officer Seriously Burned When Suspect Lights Himself on Fire

July 10, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Seriously Burned When Suspect Lights Himself on Fire

Three Cedar Hill, Texas, police officers were burned—one seriously—while trying to subdue a burglary suspect who set himself on fire Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

All three officers and the suspect, who was shot during the struggle, were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Cedar Hill spokesman Corky Brown told the Dallas Morning News.

Two detectives, Mike Hernandez and Brandon Woodall, were released from the hospital Wednesday evening. Officer Ann McSwain suffered more serious burns and told Cedar Hill Police Chief Steve Rhodes she was in a lot of pain, Brown said.

The three officers were pursuing the man, a suspect in an apartment complex burglary, about 3 p.m. near Belt Line Road and U.S. Highway 67, Lt. Charles Reiss said. The suspect fled on foot to a nearby strip mall, where McSwain confronted him.

The three officers followed the man and tried to subdue him, Reiss said. He set himself on fire during the struggle, engulfing McSwain in the flames.

The man was pouring liquid—believed to be gasoline—from a plastic bottle onto himself, witnesses said.

McSwain suffered serious burns on her hands, arms, and the back of her head. She is expected to survive but will require surgeries.

The unidentified suspect is hospitalized with serious burns and a gunshot wound. No updates were available on his condition.

McSwain was aided at the scene by a civilian who took off his shirt to beat down the flames.

"We want to express our sincere thanks to the young man who rendered aid to Officer McSwain until the paramedics arrived yesterday afternoon," Rhodes said. "His act of kindness and caring will not be forgotten by the officers of the Cedar Hill Police Department or our community."


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westcoastleo @ 7/10/2014 5:13 PM

Should have shot him more times on the run before grabbing him. Now you have an officer who will never be 100% and 2 officers who will be off and scared for life. I hope the suspect dies of his injuries.

concerned citizen @ 7/11/2014 6:08 AM

This is getting to be a every day thing, police officer trying to up hold the law and someone takes everthing away. Until we start realizing that the police officers are only trying to protect us and not always out to profile someone.

Pup @ 7/11/2014 9:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the officers. My prayers are with them, especially with the female officer. This was an usual incident/arrest and kudos to the citizen for helping/saving the officers life. You don't find many citizens like him. To bad gopher Lenny wouldn't have the guts to do something like the man did. Instead, he'll just poke his head out to make a stupid remark then duck back inside his hole. Be safe LE.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/12/2014 10:29 AM

Westcoastleo, I agree with you 100 %. Ofcr. McSwain, is such a beautiful lady and I hope she makes it ok.

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