Man threatens to kill woman with chainsaw before setting himself on fire

A man reportedly threatened to kill a woman with a chainsaw before alighting himself in flames.

Multiple armed police units reportedly stormed the home in Hartlepool, County Durham after receiving calls of a "high-stake" domestic incident on Saturday evening (25th Sep).

The male was allegedly making serious threats to kill a woman in the property, who thankfully managed to leave the property uninjured, TessideLive reports.

Shortly after the occupant is said to have sustained major self-inflicted burns.

A spokesperson from Cleveland Force said: "Police were called to an address in Hartlepool at around 7.20pm on Saturday to reports of a domestic incident in which a man with a chainsaw was making serious threats to kill another person in the property and harm himself.

"Officers attended the scene and spoke to the man, who continued to make threats to harm himself, and during the incident he sustained self-inflicted serious burn injuries.

"Trained firearms officers discharged an AEP, which is also known as a baton round, as a minimal force option to bring the incident to a conclusion."

The man has now been arrested in connection with the horrifying incident and is currently being treated in hospital.

Crime scene investigators descended on the house earlier today (26th Sep) and witnesses reported seeing a single police van outside the home.

Close neighbours have claimed they don't think the couple could have been in the property long before the incident began.

One neighbour from Campbell Road said: "It started about 7pm last night, first I knew of it was a load of blue lights.

"The police vans were lined up along the road and the fire engines turned up.

"Then the armed police came up the road and went into the house."

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