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CARROLL

Man tries to set himself, officer on fire

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A 40-year-old Carroll man suspected of domestic assault Tuesday afternoon allegedly poured gasoline on himself and police officers who detained him and tried to ignite the fuel with a lighter but failed.

Kenneth Harris faces unspecified criminal charges for the 4:47 p.m. incident, which happened in the 1100 block of North Clark Street.

Officers initially responded to a report of a woman covered in blood.

"The suspect barricaded himself in the residence and poured gasoline on himself and on the officers attempting to make entry," according to a police report. "The suspect attempted to light himself and the officer with a lighter."

Officers were able to detain Harris and transported him to St. Anthony Regional Hospital for evaluation. He is expected to be charged with domestic abuse assault, and "further charges are pending," the report said.

Harris has been arrested for domestic abuse assault three other times in the past three months, according to court records. He is accused of choking and punching a woman, jabbing the woman with a knife in her stomach, grabbing her arm and knocking over a child, which caused the child to suffer a head injury.

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