Two police officers wounded by suicide

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In Helmond, two officers were injured by a fire in a home. The resident had possibly turned on the gas . The officer suffered minor burns to their arms and face. The resident was killed.The police received a report, Thursday morning about a strong gas smell, coming from a house on the Rivierensingel. It appeared the occupant was trying to commit suicide.

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Four officers entered the house to try to talk to the man. Two officers were injured by a sudden burst of flames.
A SWAT team and negotiators were deployed to negotiate with the resident. When attempt to contact the man remained unsuccessful, the SWAT team entered the house, where they found the corpse.

Because of an increased risk of explosions, two adjacent homes were vacated. Local residents were kept at a distance.

The two injured officers could return home after hospital treatment.