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Woman dies after being set on fire; 3 officers injured

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A 65-year-old woman was killed and three Baxter Springs Police officers were injured after a man set them on fire early Saturday, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers were sent to 1007 West 11th in Baxter Springs for a disturbance just before 1:30 a.m.

Sharon Horn was injured after a man who was known to her went into her home and began assaulting her, the sheriff’s office said.

As officers arrived, the man threw fuel on Horn and two officers, catching them on fire, the sheriff’s office said. A third officer was injured when he tried extinguishing the flames.

Horn, one officer and the man were taken to Springfield Missouri Hospital. Horn later died. The man’s identity hasn’t been released.

Two other Baxter Springs officers were treated at a hospital in Joplin.

The incident is being investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office.

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna

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