Domestic disturbance call leads to victim's death and officers being hospitalized

BAXTER SPRINGS - Horrific night ends in the death of a woman by immolation, and with multiple officers injured. Sharon Horn, 65, of Baxter Springs, passed away just before 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at a Springfield hospital.

Horn’s injuries were obtained after a man entered her home and began assaulting her, ultimately setting her and two Baxter Springs Police Officers on fire. Just before 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, Baxter Springs Police Officers were dispatched to 1007 West 11th in Baxter Springs for a domestic disturbance. As officers arrived, a male suspect threw fuel on a female victim and two officers, catching them on fire. As a third officer arrived and attempted to extinguish the fire, he too sustained injuries, along with the suspect.

Emergency medical personnel transported the victim, suspect and one officer to a Springfield Missouri Hospital. The two other officers are being treated at a hospital in Joplin. The suspect and the one officer continue to be hospitalized while the two other officers have since been treated and released.

Initially the call came in as a domestic disturbance, but investigators have since determined the victim and suspect were acquaintances, but not involved in a domestic relationship. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.