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Baxter Springs Burn Victim Dies at Springfield Hospital


Sharon Horn, 65, of Baxter Springs, passed away just before 7:00 a.m. at a Springfield Hospital on Saturday.

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. 

A third officer, along with the suspect, also sustained injuries during the incident, which occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The suspect and one Baxter Springs Police 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 being conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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