Middletown, Connecticut: Man Intentionally Drives Car into Hospital ER, Sets Himself on Fire

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On Thursday morning, shortly before 10:00 a.m., a man in his 20’s intentionally drove his vehicle through the Emergency Room entrance of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut according to WFSB. He did not make it into the actual lobby area, just through the first set of glass entrance doors. The car contained numerous gas cans, though the fire was contained to the vestibule and sidewalk. The driver the reportedly set himself on fire as he got out of the vehicle, and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

According to Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, they have called in several other agencies to assist. They were clearing the suspect’s home of any potential dangers, as well as clearing the car of further potential problems. He stated that the gas cans were not wired together, and they sent the bomb squad “out of an abundance of caution.” The hospital was evacuated, as were some of the homes near the suspect’s residence. The hospital’s ER department will be closed until further notice.

The Middlesex hospital has not recieved threats prior to this incident, according to a hospital spokesman. Police stated that the fire scene was active, and would be turned into a police crime scene after that.

The suspect was identified as Steven Ellam by WFSB, and was transported by life flight to Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit. He is known to the local police department and was “in their system multiple times” over “several years,” according to the police chief. His motive remains unknown.

The FBI bomb squad was on scene at the hospital, as well as at the suspect’s residence in Middletown, along with the bomb squad from CT State Police. Other fire departments were contacted for mutual aid.

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