*UPDATE: Evansville Police have arrested 40 year old Donald Ray Hutchison on several charges stemming from a trailer fire at 1913 Rhode Island Dr on February 27th. Officers were at the address for a standby for property run when Hutchison set the trailer on fire. Officer Josh Doane and Officer Zach Dickason entered the burning trailer and removed Hutchison after a struggle. Hutchison was arrested and charged with Arson, Criminal Recklessness, and Resisting Law Enforcement.
*ORIGINAL POST: Two Evansville Police Officers were assaulted while trying to remove a man from his burning trailer this afternoon (Weds. 02/27). The man’s identity is not being released at this time because he has not been charged with a crime at the time of this release.
Officers were dispatched to 1913 Rhode Island to do a standby while a female removed some belongings. After the officers exited the trailer, the man locked the door.
When the officers were outside, the female told them the man had put lighter fluid on the couch and she was worried he might try to hurt himself. The officers then tried to talk to him again to make sure he was not going to harm himself. When the officers got to the front door, they saw smoke in the trailer. He would not come to the door so the officers were forced to kick the door in to get in. When the officers entered the trailer, they saw several fires in the front room. The man had gone to a back room and was found lying on the floor.
When the officers tried to remove him from the burning trailer, he began assaulting them. The officers were able to get him under control despite his resistance and the growing fire around them.
The officers were able to get him out of the trailer safely. The man was treated at the scene for injuries he received during the struggle. One of the officers was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Any charges will be determined pending a mental health evaluation.
SOURCE: Evansville Police Department - Nixle