Man charged with setting Ohio sheriff’s deputy on fire


RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man tossed a flammable liquid on an Ohio sheriff’s deputy trying to arrest him and set him on fire, causing severe burns.

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy was injured Thursday evening in Rootstown Township, about 55 miles south of Cleveland.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports 45-year-old Jay Brannon has been charged with arson and attempted murder. He is to appear in court Friday afternoon.

His attorney declined to comment.

Sheriff David Doak says other deputies suffered smoke inhalation. Authorities say Brannon also ignited a can and tossed it at deputies to evade arrest. The building caught fire and was damaged.

The injured deputy is being treated at an Akron hospital.

Brannon was being sought on a warrant for a tampering with evidence charge.