Man Guilty Of Trying To Kill Firefighters, Police

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A northeast Kansas man has been found guilty of setting a house fire and trying to kill emergency personnel who pulled him from the burning building.

The Kansas City Star reports a Johnson County jury on Friday convicted 59-year-old William J. Outhet Jr. of arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Police and firefighters reported hearing several loud booming sounds when they arrived at Outhet's Olathe home on Feb. 1, 2013. Prosecutors later charged Outhet with firing shots as the responders arrived.

No emergency responders were injured, but firefighters found Outhet unconscious inside the home with a shotgun across his chest. Investigators also said the fire had been intentionally set and that other firearms were positioned around the house.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 1.

Posted by Greg Palmer


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