KAYSVILLE (News4Utah)- Six officers were injured Thursday afternoon after trying to help a suicidal man who doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire, officials said.
Friday that man has been identified as 26-year-old Tyler Ivison. Police say Ivision is recovering from his injuries in the hospital, but after his release it’s possible he could face charges.
Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday police say Ivison walked into a Kaysville convenience store bathroom, doused himself with gasoline and then and set himself on fire. It was initially reported four offices were injured trying to put the fire out, but News4Utah has since learned of two more officers that were treated for injuries.
Police say of the six officers that were injured only one remains in the hospital, but he is expected to recover.
“He has some severe burns on his legs, back and buttocks,” said Police Chief Sol Oberg. “He will probably be there for the next week or two.
Chief Oberg says the two officers added to yesterdays list were treated for smoke inhalation. He says they all should recover from the physical injuries.
“There’s a lot of emotional and psychological trauma that we need to be mindful of,” said Chief Oberg. “We have some officers that have a little bit of survival guilt.”
But there has been an outpouring show of support for the officers. Hundreds have offered statements of gratitude on social media. The Mills family arrived Friday to the police department with a plateful of cookies.
“We bring these for the police officers that tackled the guy that tried to burn himself,” said eight-year old Samantha Mills.
She and her sisters along with their hoped the cookies would help in their recovery.
“We certainly felt for them and felt like they were heroes in our community and wanted to say thank you to the four of them in the hospital,” said their mother Ashley Mills.
The Utah Department of Health would like to remind Utahns that suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.
For those needing help with mental illness for themselves or someone they know:
NAMI Utah (National Alliance on Mental Illness (801) 323-9900.
If you have an emergency, please call 911 and ask for a CIT officer. If you are dealing with an urgent situation, please call the Behavioral Health Authority Crisis Line for your county. The Salt Lake County UNI Crisis Line is 801-587-3000.