Published February 26, 2013
| Associated Press
OLATHE, Kan. – A man is charged with setting fire to a Kansas home and then attempting to kill the emergency workers who rescued him.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/Yy0ZD9 ) reports that 58-year-old William J. Outhet Jr. faces charges of arson and attempted first-degree murder in Johnson County District Court. His bond was set at $1 million during a Monday hearing that he wasn't able to attend because he remained hospitalized.
No one else was injured in the Feb. 1 incident.
Court documents say Outhet "staged" firearms around the home and fired a shotgun. The documents listed emergency responders as the intended victims.
Firefighters ultimately pulled Outhet from the home and rushed him to a hospital.
Outhet is being represented by the Johnson County Public Defender's Office. The office phone rang unanswered Tuesday.