Parovan police said a man assaulted two strangers on Saturday and later attempted to set himself and officers on fire. (shutterstock)
PAROWAN, Iron County – Parowan police said a man is in critical condition after allegedly assaulting two strangers and later dousing himself and the responding officers in gasoline.
Parovan Police and Iron County Sheriff’s Office officers responded to a raging attack near the 600 West Block of Center Street. Police said the man ran into the street in front of a car and forced a vehicle to stop. He said he then started hitting the car body, front windshield and two side windows of the car with a baseball bat.
The broken glass in the attack injured two occupants of the vehicle, the release said. Both occupants were able to escape and be safe.
A bystander said that the man also left the scene and entered an apartment. Officers immediately reacted to the location to establish a control.
Officials tried to get in touch with the person but got no response. After the police got a search warrant to enter the house, they once again tried to contact the man.
When he did not respond, the officers barged inside to find the residence vacant. Police then searched the property, where they found the man in a wooden shed in the backyard, where they ordered him to surrender, the release said.
Police said the man verbally refused and started pouring petrol on himself and on the ground inside the shed. The police ordered the man to surrender and he again refused. Before the man could harm himself, the two officers attempted to open the door of the shed, but he started pouring gas on the door and the officers, the release said.
The officers then withdrew from the shed as the man attempted to burn gasoline with a lighter, the release said. When the two officers retreated, flames could be seen coming from inside the shed and officers started searching for water taps and fire extinguishers.
According to police, the man came out of the shed shortly after the fire broke out and fell on the ground. The authorities started providing medical aid to the man till the ambulance arrived.
The man was taken to Cedar City Hospital in critical condition. According to the release, both the occupants of the car also received treatment for injuries sustained in the attack.
What caused the incident is being investigated. The man’s identity was not released.
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