Weeks after surveillance cameras caught a Cedar Hill police officer trying to put flames on her body out, she’s speaking out for the first time about the severe burns she suffered while trying to arrest a burglary suspect.
Ann McSwain, a seven-year veteran of the Cedar Hill Police Department, had already had a run-in with the suspect, 27-year-old Terrance Dunn, earlier in the day on a nuisance call.
But he wasn’t arrested.
“I had a bad feeling about it from that first call earlier in the day,” said McSwain.
The second time she encountered Dunn, she says he doused himself with gasoline, resisted arrest, ran into a Cedar Hill Wingstop and set himself and McSwain on fire.
Video from the store next door shows both of them running out from the Wingstop.
"I was rolling, trying to get the fire out,” said McSwain. “There was a moment of panic where stop, drop and roll wasn't working!"
McSwain recently met Spencer Stroud, the man who took off his shirt to help put flames on McSwain out.
“I saw those eyes looking down at me when I was laying in front of the store,” said McSwain. “Just to do what he did to put himself in harm’s way, he saved me from a lot worse fate.And in my mind, he saved my life."
McSwain says support from across the country is helping her heal.
“The love and support that's been given to me and been shown to me and my family and my husband, that's what gotten me through it,” she said.
Dunn remains hospitalized with burns and a gunshot wound.Police shot him after he ran out of the Wingstop while he was on fire.
“I wish he hadn't done it, because I can only imagine all the pain and agony that he must be going through right now, because I know what I went through at less than 20 percent [of my body being burned]. I can't imagine, and I wouldn't wish that on anybody."
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