Floyd Man Dies after staying inside Burning Home

By: MacKenzie Bates Email
By: MacKenzie Bates Email

It is still unclear how a Floyd County Man died after he barricaded himself in his home and set it on fire.

Officers say they pleaded with 58-year-old Phillip Anthony Horn to come out, but he stayed inside.

It was a tense situation in Middle Creek Thursday Afternoon after Police say Horn wanted to kill himself.

Police say Horn locked himself in is home and set it on fire.

“They heard a shot fired inside the residence.at that time they believed the subject had shot himself,” KSP Trooper Mike Goble says. “Apparently that was not so.”

Goble says police tried several times to get Horn to come out of the house.

“He actually verbally stated back to them that he was not coming out that he wanted them to kill him,” Goble says. “Our officers told him that we did not want to harm him we wanted it to be a peaceful resolution.”

“The subject then set fire to his own residence and stayed inside the residence until the house was actually consumed with fire,” Goble says.

A friend of Horn says he was shocked to hear about what happened.

“It was completely out of the ordinary,” William Poe says. “We knew that he had some problems but we didn't realize that anything to this extent.”

Neighbors say Horn was going through some personal problems.

“Something that would just flare up periodically 10-12 years apart you never knew when it was going to happen,” Poe says.

Police say an emergency protective order was served on horn Wednesday night, and around 20 guns were taken from him.

Horn's body will be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

That should tell police if the fire killed Horn, or something else.

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