Olathe man accused of trying to kill first responders as his home burned

OLATHE, Kan. - An Olathe man is accused of setting fire to his home and trying to kill first responders at the blaze.

William J. Outhet Jr., 58, is charged in Johnson County Court with attempted premeditated first degree murder and arson. The charges stem from a Feb. 1 incident at the man's house.

Emergency crews, including police officers and firefighters, were sent on Feb. 1 to Outhet's house in the 1400 block of North Martway.

Firefighters moved quickly through the house and found Outhet on the second floor.

Crews dragged him from the burning house.

Investigators later found firearms had been staged around the house, allegedly to fire and hurt or kill firefighters or police officers.

The criminal complaint filed in connection with the charges says shots also were fired from a shotgun.

No police officers or firefighters were injured by the gunfire.

Outhet's bond was set at $1 million.


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