A Cherokee County, Kansas, woman died after a suspect doused her with gasoline and set her on fire, according to police. Three responding police officers were reportedly injured in the incident.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement indicating officers responded to the Baxter Springs home of 65-year-old Sharon Horn in response to reports of a domestic disturbance at the residence.
Shortly after authorities arrived at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, reports indicate the suspect poured fuel on Horn and two officers, setting them all on fire. A third officer was also injured.
Investigators have since determined Horn and the suspect were acquaintances and believe the attacker entered the victim’s home and began beating her prior to lighting the fire. Horn died several hours later at a local hospital.
As of Saturday evening, two of the officers had been treated for their injuries and released. The third officer and the suspect remained hospitalized.
The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office is working with the sheriff’s office to complete an investigation into the crime.
There is little information available about the suspect as of the latest reports available. He had not been named and no charges against him had been announced.
A friend of Horn established an online fundraiser to contribute to her final expenses.
In the GoFundMe post, Carrie Rago-Kernel described the victim as a “wonderful” mother and grandmother.
“She journeyed many mountains and battles in her life, and always managed to give a smile no matter what was on her plate,” Rago-Kernel wrote.
She explained that it was “difficult to share” the “tragic and inconceivable” circumstances surrounding Horn’s death, calling her friend an “innocent victim of an unspeakable crime.”
Funds raised online, Rago-Kernel wrote, will go to Horn’s son, Kevin Tackett, who is preparing for her funeral and burial.
[Featured image: GoFundMe]