Marshals burned as supect ignites self
Two deputy U.S. Marshals were burned Monday morning when a man they were arresting set himself on fire in Northwest Washington, authorities said.
The Marshals were at 12th and N streets looking for a rape suspect around 8 a.m. when they were injured.
The Marshals, a man and a woman, found the suspect in a basement, officials said. It was unclear if the man was already on fire when the Marshals encountered him, said Cole Barnhart, spokesman for the agency.
The Marshals were injured as they extinguished the flames on the man, Barnhart said.
The female deputy, who received burns on her upper body, was conscious when she was taken to a local hospital. The male deputy was not burned as badly, officials said.
The suspect was burned on 70 percent of his body and is in life-threatening condition, authorities said.
The Marshals service did not release the names of the deputies or the suspect.
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