11 September 2007

Nominate This Man For A Darwin Award

Nominate this man for a Darwin Award (actually, I already did, don't bother). From the Denver Post:

A Commerce City man's apparent murder plot backfired when he lit himself on fire while igniting his former girlfriend's home in Basalt, officials say.

The man, whose identity has not been released, fatally shot himself in the head with a high-powered assault rifle after running from the duplex on fire, Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said today.

The man, on probation for a federal explosives conviction, had not seen his former girlfriend for several years, Ikeda said.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, he entered the duplex without breaking into the home and started a fire in the living room, Ikeda said.

One theory is that he intended to shoot the woman, whose identity has not been released, as she ran from the burning home, he said.

But the man's clothing caught fire, and he ran from the house enveloped in flames, witnesses reported to police, Ikeda said.

"It appeared at the scene that his clothes had pretty much burned," he said.

The man had several Ruger mini-14 cartridges in his pockets, which exploded while he burned on the front lawn, Ikeda said.

The girlfriend escaped unharmed.

1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

The Aspen Daily News has more. His 2005 explosives charge stems from possession of an artillery shell or missile warhead, and several pipe bombs that he had been gathering to try to kill himself. He failed in the attempt because his pickup was impounded with the bombs in it.

The girlfriend apparently took him in when he was homeless and he terrorized her ever since.

He was 50 years old.