Firefighter dies after injuries from crashing van into home

He was being treated for burns after the van caught fire while police were in the house speaking with his wife about a domestic violence incident


The Associated Press

HEBRON, Ind. — Authorities say a northwestern Indiana firefighter has died nearly three weeks after police say he crashed his van into his home following a confrontation with his wife.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says 48-year-old John Wall of Hebron (HEE'-bruhn) died late Saturday at a Chicago-area hospital.

The Times of Munster reports Wall was a battalion chief for the Hobart Fire Department.

Wall had been hospitalized since Dec. 10 when Porter County police say he drove his van into the house as officers were inside taking a domestic violence report from his wife. The van and part of the house caught on fire, and officers said Wall told officers to shoot him before he got back inside the burning van.

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