4 Kaysville officers injured assisting man who lit himself on fire

Thursday , April 05, 2018 - 2:27 PM


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information provided by police. 

KAYSVILLE — Four police officers were injured trying to help a man who set himself on fire in a Kaysville gas station Thursday afternoon. 

Just before 2 p.m., Davis County Dispatch received a call that a man poured gasoline on himself in the bathroom of the Chevron gas station at 321 W. 200 North.

Police were sent to the scene and tried to remove a lighter from the man’s hand when he ignited the gasoline, according to a press release from the Kaysville Police Department. 

Four Kaysville officers were injured while trying to extinguish the fire, and all were taken to local hospitals by ambulance, the release says

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The man who set himself on fire was still alive and was taken to the University of Utah Hospital, according to a Facebook post by Kaysville City. Police didn’t know who he was or why he was in the area.

One officer received burns on the back and legs, and another had burns on the inside of the mouth, Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg said.

Another was taken to the hospital because police were "concerned" with their condition.

All but one of the officers have been released from the hospital as of 7:30 p.m., according to a Facebook post from Kaysville City. The officer who dealt directly with the man on fire will be hospitalized for 10 days. The officer is expected to make a full recovery, the city said. 

Oberg said having so many officers injured in the line of duty is “heartbreaking.”

“There’s a lot of pride in seeing what they’ve done, that there was no hesitation in going in to try and save this individual, as well as the other occupants of the store in what literally could’ve been an explosive situation,” Oberg said. “It’s a mixed bag of emotions.” 

Several area law enforcement agencies expressed their support for the Kaysville officers on Twitter

Related: Utah's first responders share best wishes for injured Kaysville Police officers

Kaysville Police is investigating the incident and is being assisted by other law enforcement agencies.


Those thinking of harming themselves have several resources available:

Davis Behavioral Health 24-Hour Crisis Response Line, 801-773-7060

National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah, 801-323-9900

Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah, 801-399-1600

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital Behavioral Health, 801-387-5600

Davis Hospital: Behavioral Health Unit and Emergency Room, 801-807-1000

Lakeview Hospital: Behavioral Health Unit and Emergency Room, 801-299-2200

Live Hannah’s Hope: Empowering Youth National Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741-741 to be able to text with a trained crisis counselor.

Weber Human Services 801-625-3700


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