Dramatic body cam video shows police tasing, rescuing armed suspect from burning home

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WEST JORDAN, Utah - Police in Utah have released dramatic body camera footage that shows officers responding to a domestic violence call only to find the suspect had set the home on fire.

West Jordan police were called to the home last week on reports of a domestic violence incident.

Body camera footage shows officers kicking in the door to enter the home, where they find the suspect, 36-year-old Brandon Morgan, in the process of lighting the home on fire.

One of the officers then deploys a taser against the armed suspect, who falls to the floor.

The fire then began to spread as officers worked to control the scene, KSTU reports.

"He threatened the officer with a machete, officer Tased him, and then they drug him out of the house and the house was engulfed in fire," said Chief Doug Diamond of the West Jordan Police Department.

"It was a very chaotic situation," Officer Ian Adams said. "Initially only two officers arrived and contacted the suspect inside the home, third officer arrived shortly thereafter, and those three were engaged in a fight with the suspect inside while the fire was still burning, taking the whole house."

The home is estimated to be a total loss, KSTU reports.

Family members were able to make it out of the home safely.

Unfortunately, four of the family's pets died in the blaze.

Three officers were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

Morgan was booked into jail on felony charges that include aggravated arson, aggravated assault and aggravated cruelty to animals.

 

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