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Officers injured after man lights himself on fire in Kaysville

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KAYSVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – Four Kaysville police officers were rushed to the hospital Thursday afternoon after trying to help a suicidal man who doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire.

The incident unfolded inside a convenience store at 200 North 320 West around 2:30 p.m. 

Investigators say a man walked into the gas station bathroom, doused himself with gasoline and then and set himself on fire. Four offices were injured trying to put the fire out.

Friday police identified that man as 26-year-old Tyler Ivison. 

Because the man was covered in gasoline officers couldn’t use a taser to subdue him, so they tried to talk him down. Once the man lit himself on fire is caused an eruption of flame and officers immediately tried to save him.

Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg says it’s been an emotional scene knowing so many of his officers were injured.

“At the same time there’s a lot of pride in seeing what they’ve done, and that there was no hesitation in trying to save this individual as well as the other occupants of the store,” said Chief Oberg.

Three of the officers and the suicidal man were taken to University of Utah Hospital. The fourth officer was taken to nearby Davis Hospital.

Three officers were treated and released after a several hours. One officer and the suicidal man remain in the burn unit Thursday night. That officer will stay in the hospital for 10 days, but he is expected to make a full recovery. 

As a community hopes for a quick recovery, they’re also praising the bravery of the officers.

“To put their life on the line to help somebody that’s suicidal and presenting a danger to other people as well. Yeah They’re heroes,” said Randy Palmer, witness. 

Law enforcement agencies from around the state responded by sharing their thoughts and well wishes to the injured officers. 

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.

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