Man in critical after being set on fire, passerby extinguishes flames

Update: Police have released a name and a photo of the suspect: 31-year-old Christopher Burrus.

Detectives believe Burrus doused the 39-year-old male victim with a flammable liquid and set him on fire.

Police say if you know where to find Burrus, call 911 immediately and do not approach him.

Earlier: Police say a man was set on fire just after 7 last night in the 4500 block of Leary Way in Ballard, across the street from the BevMo.

A passerby extinguished the flames and called 911. Medics arrived and took him to Harborview Medical Center, where he’s in critical condition.

Detectives are looking for a male suspect and his girlfriend in the case. There’s no word on possible motive or if the suspect and victim knew each other.

If you have any information regarding this case, detectives would like to talk with you: call the homicide/assault tip line at (206) 233-5000.

Earlier this year, a woman was killed in a stabbing in an RV parked a couple blocks north of this location on Leary Way.

7 comments on “Man in critical after being set on fire, passerby extinguishes flames”

  1. Stabbing, burnings, dumping corpses in shopping carts.

    Seems Mike O’Brien’s “Hobo free-for-all” is moving along as planned.

  2. You would blame the rain on Mike O’Brien if the Amazon recruiter hadn’t warned you about it first.

  3. I’m surprised the local crime apologists aren’t holding a protest in support of our new neighbors like Mr. Burrus and demand higher taxes.

    Be sure to blame Trump, republicans, capitalism, masculinity, the phase of the moon!

  4. I’m totally with you Wendy. Denying that the social engineering that has been done on our neighborhood in the last few years, against our will, is responsible, is wanton disregard of cause and effect. It’s happening at all levels of crime and antisocial destructive, parasitic behavior, and it has been actively created by the policies that have brought huge numbers of drug addicts and criminals here.

  5. I went to high school with Chris Burrus,…. blanchet…used to be a nice stoner dude

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