Sheriff’s deputy set on fire while trying to serve warrants, officials say

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Sheriff’s Deputy Set On Fire While Trying To Serve Warrants, Authorities Say

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A sheriff's deputy in Ohio is recovering after being set on fire by the man he was trying to serve a warrant on, WJW reported.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was trying to serve the paperwork on the suspect at a home in Rootstown Township, when the man allegedly threw a container of flammable liquid on the deputy, according to WJW. The suspect, whose name was also not released, then set the deputy on fire, the sheriff said in a press release.

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The deputy had severe burns and was given first aid as other deputies took the suspect into custody, WJW reported.

The deputy was admitted to an area hospital burn unit. His condition was not released.

The home where the incident happened was damaged in the fire, Cleveland.com reported. Several deputies were also treated for smoke inhalation, according to the news outlet.