Four Utah police officers injured after attempting to rescue suicidal man who set self on fire

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Four police officers from Kaysville, Utah, suffered burn injuries Thursday afternoon after attempting to rescue a suicidal man who set himself on fire inside a gas station convenience store, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Four officers, one female and three male, reported to the scene. The incident took place at around 2 p.m., The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The suicidal suspect reportedly poured gasoline on himself inside a Chevron/McDonald’s in Kaysville, located about 23 miles north of Salt Lake City, and proceeded to set himself on fire.

The officers were injured in the incident and taken to local hospitals; their injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg. Oberg told The Salt Lake Tribune, “that a concern with all the officers was burns to their mouths, throats and, possibly, their lungs.”

The suicidal man was taken to the University of Utah Hospital burn center.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz