Woman sets house on fire, stabs self

A woman set her house on fire Thursday morning and then stabbed herself in the chest, according to authorities.

According to the Star Tribune, a 49-year-old woman from Apple Valley set her house on fire while her husband was still inside. She then sat in a vehicle near her home and stabbed herself in the chest with a screwdriver. Kare 11 reported that the woman led authorities on a chase before she stabbed herself in the chest.

The Star Tribune said police were called to the home at 9:15 a.m. which caused the woman to flee the scene. Her vehicle was stopped in Eagan and she was taken to Regions Hospital where she was treated with stab wounds and burns. Kare 11 added that a neighbor called the police after the woman had poured gasoline inside her home and had been threatening to kill herself. When police arrived to the scene, they saw flames coming out of the back of the home and saw the woman locked inside her car stabbing herself with a screwdriver.

The Star Tribune reported that Eagan police officers put down spikes on Pilot Knob Road that eventually disabled the woman's car. Kare 11 added that when police officers approached the vehicle they saw the woman using a hammer to pound the screwdriver into her chest.

Kare 11 also reported that the woman's son was found dead inside her home on November 17. The death is still under investigation. The woman's husband fled to a neighbor's home after the fire started.

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