On August 14, 2019, at approximately 6:36 am, the O’Fallon Police Department received a call in reference to a subject attempting to commit suicide by lighting himself on fire on the parking lot of Liberty High School, 2275 Sommers Road.
The suspect, a 29-year-old Wright City resident, had doused himself in gasoline and was detained and held on the ground by several school staff members until officers arrived. The cigarette lighter he attempted to use had also been removed from his possession by the staff.
The suspect was taken into custody and was transported to an area hospital by medics to be treated for the exposure of chemicals to his skin. No children or staff members were harmed.
At this time, no connection has been found between the suspect and Liberty High School.