Centreville man lights himself afire
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.