Eight officers to hospital after naked man assaults them, sets fire

WASHINGTON — Eight officers are recovering after they say a naked man assaulted them, dragging one down a flight of stairs and set fire to his apartment.

Fairfax County police got a report of screaming and glass breaking in an apartment in the 11800 block of Federalist Way, north of Lee Highway, at around 10 a.m. on Monday, says Lucy Caldwell with the department.

“Once they got there, they saw a naked man, who ran at them, charged them. He dragged one of the officers down the stairwell and then he was striking them several times,” Caldwell says.

Officers used pepper spray to subdue Hussani White, 26, who attacked the two officers in the stairwell.

As five other officers arrived to provide back up, they realized the apartment was on fire.

“Right before the officers got there, the suspect had stuffed all sorts of electronics into his oven and set fire to the kitchen,” Caldwell says.

As two officers put out the flames, others began evacuating the apartment building.

Five officers were taken for treatment for exposure to the pepper spray that they used on White, smoke inhalation and injuries from the alleged assault. Three other officers were checked for smoke inhalation at the hospital.

A woman was also treated for an injury the police say happened before the officers arrived. White was also injured, and was taken to the hospital for treatment, then released into custody. He’s been charged with two counts of assault on an officer and attempted arson.

 

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