Centreville man lights him­self afire

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CENTREVILLE — A Centreville man was in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Sept. 20, at Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more af­ter re­port­edly set­ting him­self on fire Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Deputy Chief State Fire Mar­shal Matthew Stevens.

Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and Troop­ers from the Mary­land State Po­lice Centreville Bar­racks re­sponded about 1:24 p.m. Sept. 19 to the area of Mar yland Route 213 and John Brown Road for a re­ported car fire.

As troop­ers were en route, nu­mer­ous wit­nesses called po­lice to re­port that a man had lit him­self on fire at the scene.

When troop­ers ar­rived, they met with Jamie Lee Richarts, 35, of Centreville, who said her boyfriend, Deny Richard Coursey,

42, of Centreville, had pulled his ve­hi­cle in front of hers, caus­ing her to stop.

Coursey then ex­ited his ve­hi­cle and ap­proached her ve­hi­cle with a fuel can in his hand, Richarts told po­lice. Af­ter a short ar­gu­ment, he doused him­self with fuel and lit him­self on fire.

He quickly re­turned to his ve­hi­cle and left the area, Richarts said.

Coursey was lo­cated as he walked into the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter

at Eas­ton with nu­mer­ous burns, po­lice said. He was treated for sec­ond-de­gree burns to his chest, right arm and neck area, ac­cord­ing to the fire mar­shal’s of­fice. Coursey was trans­ferred to Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

An emer­gency pe­ti­tion for eval­u­a­tion has been filed, po­lice said.

Po­lice said the cou­ple had been in­volved in a do­mes­tic dis­pute Mon­day night that was han­dled by deputies from the Queen

Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The fire spread from Coursey to a nearby ve­hi­cle, the fire mar­shal’s re­port said. The fire was ex­tin­guished be­fore emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived.

Dam­ages to the ve­hi­cle were es­ti­mated at $1,000 and were to the out­side of the ve­hi­cle, Stevens said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Stevens said in­ves­ti­ga­tors hoped to be able to interview Coursey Thurs­day af­ter­noon, past press time.

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